Twenty miles east of Tyler, Kilgore's old downtown recalls the kind of place you might imagine James Dean roaming around circa Giant movie era. An old theater, the brick front buildings and dusty streets, the oil wells rising in the distance… Indeed, many of the buildings date to the boomtown era after oil was discovered here in 1930. Check out the art-deco downtown (corner of Kilgore and E Main Sts), where several boutique Western-wear shops sport names like Calamity Jane's and Crystal Spur.
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