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East Texas Oil Museum - Kilgore

The East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore has just initiated its spring schedule which is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.

The museum is hosting the traveling art exhibit, 'Black and Gold: The Rise of an American Legacy,' through April 25, featuring the works of national award-winning artist Lee Alban. The regional tour is sponsored by Good Art Company, a subsidiary of Dream Development of Fredericksburg.The exhibit features a collection of oil paintings that capture oil field scenes based on black and white photographs from the early 1930s to the 1940s, some of which are of Kilgore.The original oil paintings and prints will be available for sale at the museum during the duration of the exhibit.

History in Our 'Own Backyard'

Fifteen miles from Baytown, the Battleship Texas is moored in La Porte's San Jacinto State Park. Known as the ''Lucky T,'' the U.S.S. Texas is the oldest remaining dreadnought battleship and is one of only two remaining ships to have served in both World War I and World War II - and the only American.

She was the first U.S. battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns, to control gunfire with analog computers, to launch an aircraft, the first Navy ship to receive commercial radar and the first to be declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark as well the first battleship museum, a position she maintains today.

Tours carry visitors through a typical WWII sailor's life, as they pass through the captain's quarters, laundry room, soda room (ice cream parlor), bunkers and mailroom. Each has been diligently restored with original and period-accurate decor.

The Battleship Texas is open for touring from 10am to 5pm, Monday-Sunday. For more information, call (281) 479-2431.

Submit Your Event!

We've added a new feature to our website! You can now submit your event directly to our online East Texas Guide Calendar of Events.

To submit a new event, click on 'Calendar of Events', on the left side of our homepage, then follow the appropriate link from there.

Once we receive your event we will review and approve it and you should expect to see your new event online within 2 business days. Please feel free to contact us at or (903)757-4444 if you have any questions.

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Hotel Safety- Your guide to getting out

Here are some questions you can ask to make sure that you feel as safe traveling as you do at home: (1)Where are the hotel exits? Do you know? Do your kids? (2)'Look for the exit signs!' Make a game of it. Ask your kids if they know how to find the exits. (3)Count them. How many are there? (4) Where are they? How many doors to the left or right of your room? Four doors to the left, or maybe eight doors to the right? (5) Are the exit signs working? See if you can turn out the lights and let the kids see the signs in the dark. (6) Are they light enough? Are they on at all? (7)Where do the exits lead? A dark hallway? A dark stairwell? Or have they installed photoluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) safety way guidance systems?

Exit signs are easy to miss, but they don't have to be. It is important to learn about what kind of safety systems are in place, as well as what is available.

Stay safe as you travel.

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