Downtown Killgore

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The small town of Kilgore had only 250 people, mostly cotton farmers and associated businesses. The town startded a big decline because of the Great Depression of 1930 but shortly there after Oil was discovered near by in the town of Henderson. By 1936 the town had grown to 12,000 people and money was flowing freely. The drilling tappered off by 1940, but the town reaped the benifits of oil production for many years to come.

The town had 1,100 producing wells within it's City Limits and the Free Standing Deriks in the background still represent part the towns glory days.

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Comments (4)

GasGasL€X on August 9, 2012

Not the most attractive overhead landscape with all those towers

Henry Scoggin on August 9, 2012

Nope, I agree, but small towns with a little history have to pull tourist dollars in how ever they can. Durring the Christmas Season they are all lit up with Christmas Lights and give downtown a realy inviting and unique look. Imagine how it looked back in the day when there were 1,100 of them within the 250 acres of city limits. :-)

The street behind with the deriks has a realy nice memoral park undernieth them, but the sun and other factors made for poor photography that morning. :-/

InTheBush on August 22, 2012

Great information there Henry, I love to read about people's photos! I would like to see that park if you get the time and inclination one day!

Henry Scoggin on August 23, 2012

I'll see what I can do. May be a while before I head that direction though.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 8, 2012
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    by Henry Scoggin
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX P510
    • Taken on 2011/07/28 08:43:10
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 6.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash