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Kilgore, Texas: World's Richest Acre

2.5 million barrels of oil were pumped out of it. It's easy to spot the oil derricks, since it's a block over from Main St.

Commerce St., Kilgore, TX
I-20 exit 587. South on Hwy 42/Powderhorn Rd for two miles, cross the railroad tracks, then turn right onto Kilgore St. toward downtown. Take the fifth right onto Main St, and the oil derricks are one block in. Corner of Main and Commerce Sts.
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World's Richest Acre.

World's Richest Acre

Kilgore is a small town feel with an amazing story.

[Clara C, 03/16/2022]

Oil derricks.

World's Richest Acre

Two decades ago, one derrick stood on the acre. and now 12 more derricks stand on the one-half city block.

[christy lasalle, 08/14/2017]

World's Richest Acre.

World's Richest Acre

A forest of oil derricks concentrated on a 1.2 acre site downtown where 2.5 million barrels pumped during 30 years of production. Several other derricks stand out throughout the city all capped with lighted Stars (lit during the Christmas season). This is where the city gets it name "City of Stars". They also have a great oil museum with full-size dioramas, films, mementos and exhibits.

[Pat Nault, 06/13/2005]

The attraction is a replica of "The World's Richest Acre," crammed into a small Main St space, with one of the original and 12 newer derricks. There is a monument and public walkway. Aug 2017: Photo added.

Nearby Offbeat Places

East Texas Oil MuseumEast Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore, TX - < 1 mi.
Motel Used By ElvisMotel Used By Elvis, Gladewater, TX - 11 mi.
The Discovery WellThe Discovery Well, Overton, TX - 13 mi.
In the region:
Killough Massacre Monument, Larissa, TX - 36 mi.

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