You are here

Big Inch Pipeline lecture, panel discussion set for Jan. 25 in Longview

The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College and the Gregg County Historical Museum will present, "Oil for Victory: Big Inch Pipeline Lecture and Panel," this month celebrating the Big Inch Pipeline and the Longview sesquicentennial anniversary.

The event is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Red Oak Baptist Church’s gymnasium in Longview, located at 2717 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Local historian Larry Courington will start the event at 1 p.m. with the story of the Big Inch Pipeline.

The Big Inch was a 1,254 mile-long pipeline that took Texas crude through the Midwest and on to the east coast.

Construction began in 1942 on the oil pipeline that helped to change the course of World War II. By the end of the war, more than 350 million barrels of crude flowed from East Texas to the northeast states through the Big Inch.

At 1:30 p.m., the panel discussion will include Dr. Don Carleton, Executive Director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas; Kimberly Fish, local author; Mickey Smith, former Gregg County Judge; and Luke Legate, Director of G. Fox Consulting.

After the panel discussion, there will be a question-and-answer session at 2 p.m., followed by light refreshments and opportunities for photos.

For more information, contact Olivia Moore, ETOM Manager, at 903-983-8295 or email

Grand Re-Opening of Boomtown Theatre set for Feb. 1

The ETOM will celebrate the re-opening of one of the museum's biggest attractions, The Boomtown Theatre.

The event is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the museum.

Join us for a ribbon-cutting, movie premiere and refreshments as we show off the new movie theatre's upgrades.

Oil museum hosting local chapter of American Chemical Society Feb. 6, Pat Nault will speak

The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College will host a meeting of the local chapter of the American Chemical Society on Thursday, Feb. 6.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. at the oil museum.

Featured speaker will be Pat Nault, President/CEO of East Texas Saltwater Disposal Co. (ETSWD), who will speak on “The Role of the East Texas Salt Water Disposal Co. in East Texas Oil Production.”

Nault will speak about the history of ETSWD and how its daily operations greatly impact the economy of this region.

Audience members will be allowed to tour the oil museum at the conclusion of the program.

For more information, contact Olivia Moore (ETOM Manager) at 903-983-8295, or email, or contact Pat Nault at

About ETSWD:

For more than 75 years, ETSWD has been a critical element for the continued production of the East Texas Oil Field by properly disposing of salt water.

The creation of ETSWD was intended as a benefit to the entire East Texas community, not just the oil producers. As a result, ETSWD is one of the oldest public environmental protection companies in existence.

For more information, visit

More events coming soon...