East Texas Oil Museum offers glimpse of oilfields in the ‘30s

If you’d like to take a closer look at East Texas History, you might want to check out the new exhibit at the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College.
Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 11:24 AM CDT
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KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - If you’d like to take a closer look at East Texas History, you might want to check out the new exhibit at the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College.

It features the photography of Jack Nolan on his visit to East Texas in 1931 during the oil boom. Nolan took the photos with a camera developed by Kodak that used a 3-inch by 5-inch negative, making it convenient to produce postcards. Those postcards were the world’s first visuals of the oil boom and have become very collectible.

“They really show what life was like here during the boom,” said East Texas Oil Museum Manager Olivia Moore. “There are some that are of gushers coming in, of oil well fires, of the busy city street of Longview. We have the first well that came in in the East Texas oil field in Smith County here on exhibit as well.”

Moore says the 17 larger prints show more detail than the postcard-sized prints. They also have several other Nolan prints on display in their permanent collection. The exhibit runs through December 10.