Oil patch Christmas

At this time of year, for many of us, thoughts naturally turn to home and memories of Christmases past. Some may recall a trip with Dad to pick out the family's Christmas tree or the aroma of Mom's pumpkin pie. But I was born and raised in the East Texas oil field, so my favorite Christmas memories are of the decorated derricks in Kilgore, Tex.Columbus "Dad" Joiner discovered East Texas field outside Kilgore. When his Daisy Miller Bradford No. 3 came in on Oct. 3, 1930, Kilgore's sleepy farming community turned overnight into a boomtown. More than 1,200 wells were drilled within Kilgore. Part of one downtown block, some 1.2 acres, was blanketed by wells under rows of derricks st...

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