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Gushing About Kilgore

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The Kilgore Rangerettes, a group of high-kicking, big-smiling cowgirls, have become an international phenomenon. There
Kilgore is in Gregg County, about 120 miles east of Dallas, on US 259 just south of I-20. For more information, call the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, 903/984-5022; www.kilgorechamber.com (click on “Community”).

ATTRACTIONS

East Texas Oil Museum, US 259 at Ross St. on the Kilgore College campus, 903/983-8295; www.easttexasoilmuseum.com.

Rangerette Showcase Museum, Ross St., one block west of US 259, 903/983-8265; www.rangerette.com/showcase.asp.

One original oil derrick and 12 restored derricks stand at the site of the World’s Richest Acre at Main and Commerce streets. Historical markers tell the story of the boom. Other restored derricks are sprinkled throughout town.

Lou Della Crim Home, 201 Longview St., not open for tours.

Dean-Keener-Crim House, 101 E. Lantrip St., tours by appointment; 903/615-0050.

The Crim Theater, Texan Theater, and 1930s post office are along Kilgore St.

The Texas Shakespeare Festival is Jul 3-Aug 3 at the Van Cliburn Auditorium inside the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Building on the Kilgore College campus. For tickets, call 903/983-8601; www.texasshakespeare.com.

LODGING

Best Western Inn, 1411 N. US 259, 903/986-1195.

Holiday Inn Express, 3298 N. US 259, 903/986-3533.

FOOD

Bodacious Bar-B-Q, 7180 TX 42, 903/983-1421.

Boomtown BBQ, 11859 US 259, 903/988-2600.

Country Tavern, Texas 31 West at FM 2767, 903/984-9954.

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