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Kilgore's fortunes changed dramatically on October 3, 1930, when wildcatter Columbus M. "Dad" Joiner struck oil near the neighboring town of Henderson. This well, known as the Daisy Bradford #3, marked the discovery of the vast East Texas Oilfield. Seemingly overnight Kilgore was transformed from a small farming town on the decline into a bustling boom town. The Daisy Bradford #3 was subsequently followed by the Lou Della Crim No. 1 and many others.[4] By 1936, the population had increased to more than 12,000 and Kilgore's skyline was crowded with oil derricks.

Kilgore's fortunes changed dramatically on October 3, 1930, when wildcatter Columbus M. "Dad" Joiner struck oil near the neighboring town of Henderson. This well, known as the Daisy Bradford #3, marked the discovery of the vast East Texas Oilfield. Seemingly overnight Kilgore was transformed from a small farming town on the decline into a bustling boom town. The Daisy Bradford #3 was subsequently followed by the Lou Della Crim No. 1 and many others.[4] By 1936, the population had increased to more than 12,000 and Kilgore's skyline was crowded with oil derricks.

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