This is the premier museum in East Texas. Chronicling the discovery of oil in the 1920's and how money was made and lost. The East Texas oil field is 35 miles long and 15 miles wide. It is famous for having the "WORLD'S RICHEST ACRE". It was believed there was oil under the Kilgore bank, so the bank was torn down and oil wells drilled. This field was a major supplier of oil to American Armed forces during World War II.
The East Texas Oil Field story has more to it than just the facts about the oil industry. The Gaston Museum tells the story about the people who came to East Texas to make it all possible. They tell the story about how they lived and the communities that grew out of the discovery of oil in East Texas.
Located on the Kilgore College campus, features a mechanized display of Rangerette props, a display of costumes from the spring stage show—Rangerette Revels—and thousands of photographs and newspaper clippings.
The Gregg County Historical Museum has many special events and exhibits that run throughout the year. Some events such as Dalton Days, Black History Month, Cemetery tours, and Landmarks of Longview are annual events while others are just special events for a limited time.
The Rose Garden is open from dawn until dark, seven days a week. Admission is free. The Rose Garden and Rose Garden Center can also be rented for special events such as weddings, parties, reunions, etc. This is the perfect facility to accommodate your every need. The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is a 14-acre park, making it the nations largest rose garden. The garden is full of breath-taking beauty, especially in the spring and again in mid-October when the Rose Garden is in full bloom. There are over 38,000 rose bushes of at least 500 different varieties, from tall grafted rose trees to miniature roses no larger than a dime.