|A train was just approaching the depot.|
I love the atmosphere of the downtown area of this little city....it is quite like taking a step back in time.
|Isn't it charming?|
The East Texas oilfield was discovered in 1930, and over the next couple years the city of Kilgore transformed from a sleepy rural village into a boomtown. At one point, there were approximately 1,200 oil wells inside the city - one at nearly every street corner.
And the densest population of those wells - the tighest concentration of oil wells in the world at that time - was in a half-block area of downtown that came to be known as the "World's Richest Acre."
The World's Richest Acre Park displays one original oil derrick and 30 more restored derricks that are the remnants of Kilgore's boomtown birth (all but one of the derricks in town was dismantled during the 1960s). Historical markers throughout the park tell the stories.
The World's Richest Acre Park is open yearround and is free to all. At Christmastime, the tops of the derricks within the park are decorated with lights. This information found here
|Across from the depot.|
Downtown Kilgore after dark.
Looks like a scene right out of "It's a Wonderful Life" to me.