It was a thriving industrial town carved out of the Piney Woods in Cherokee County, but that only lasted about five years. Mark Scirto talked about the Iron Queen of the Southwest in his most recent Mark in Texas History.
Longview’s Temple Emanu-El has its origins out of Kilgore and the Temple Beth Sholom. The oil boom of the 1900s saw many Jewish families settling in East Texas and they met at the Kilgore temple, which was founded in 1936.
“Winston Churchill, at the end of the war, said that the war was won on a sea of East Texas oil. Miraculous that we were able to get this built. That was the single largest contributing factor to the Allies winning World War 2.”
Celebrities like Sissy Spacek have been an audience for it, while others like Kacy Musgraves have been the show. It’s formerly the Select Theater in Mineola and it’s the subject of this week’s Mark in Texas History with Mark Scirto.
It’s housed everything from a grocery store to Athens City Hall. Today, it houses Henderson County history. It’s the Faulk and Gauntt Building and this week’s subject of a Mark in Texas History with Mark Scirto.