Kilgore

The Daytripper Kicks it Into High Gear in Kilgore

February 24, 2022 | By Chet Garner

Kilgore is an authentic Piney Woods town boasting the “World’s Richest Acre,” a collection of oil derricks just off Main Street that memorializes the town’s oil industry.

How The East Texas Oil Field Changed Kilgore Forever

January 30, 2020 | By

My Hometown: A True-Blue Rangerette Explains Why There’s More to Kilgore Than Oil and the Drill Team

August 21, 2019 | By

“People automatically associate Kilgore with oil and Rangerettes,” says Shelley Wayne, who should know. Wayne’s husband works in the petrochemical business, her daughter was a Rangerette, and Wayne herself was a member of Kilgore College’s world-famous drill team before becoming its choreographer. But she adds, “There is much more to this town.” Founded in 1872 by the Great Northern Railroad, Kilgore changed dramatically with the discovery of oil in 1930. Derricks soon crowded downtown, comprising the “World’s Richest Acre”—today a collection of restored derricks along a manicured downtown strip.

15 Small Texas Towns to Visit Now

July 31, 2019 | By

There was a time when most Texans lived over yonder. But over the past century, the percentage of Texans living in rural areas versus urban areas flipped: Today, 85 percent of us live in cities, while only 15 percent live in the country, according to the Texas Demographic Center.

The Bard is Back

June 26, 2019 | By John Lumpkin

“As You Like It” and “Othello” are atop the bill for the 34th Texas Shakespeare Festival beginning Thursday at Kilgore College.

Summer in Kilgore Means Blooms in the Shakespeare Garden and the Bard’s Plays at Kilgore College

May 31, 2019 | By John Lumpkin

The Kilgore Improvement and Beautiful Association built the garden in 1996. It contains more than 30 species of flowers, shrubs, trees, and other flora referenced in William Shakespeare’s works.

Get the Magazine

Save up to 62% off the cover price

Subscribe

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Sign up for magazine extras, upcoming events, Mercantile specials, subscription offers, and more.