Mark In Texas History: Allis-Chalmers Pumps
KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - Two landmarks stand in the middle of Kilgore, signifying the oil boom of the 1930s.
It was December 28th, 1930, when the Lou Della Crim Number 1 well blew in, marking Kilgore’s entry to the great East Texas Oil Field.
Pumps manufactured by Allis-Chalmers were first used in West Texas and brought to Kilgore in 1931 to move East Texas crude oil to Houston-area refineries.
The pumps, in service until 1985, are estimated to have moved a combined total of over a billion barrels of oil.
The Allis-Chalmers Pumps were recognized with a Historical Marker in 1986.
You can visit this landmark in Kilgore at City Park in the 600 block of East North Street.
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