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Taken in Kilgore, TX.....Dec.'09.


In 1940 one of the richest oil deposits in the country was discovered in the tiny community of Kilgore, TX. The resulting oil boom brought thousands of producers and drillers into East Texas, turning the quiet little community into a raucous boom town and made millions for oil producers.


At the height of the oil boom, there were over 1,100 oil derricks stretched across the small town. It was said you could cross from one side of town to the other and never touch the ground....simply by passing from one derrick to the other. Over the Christmas holidays, the derricks would be draped in lights and many topped with stars.


Derricks were eventual replaced by newer technology that no longer required the structure. As time took its toll on the towering frames, most were torn down. Now, only a fraction remains of the forest of derricks that once covered this small East Texas town.


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Taken on December 28, 2009