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Oil museum hosting turn-of-century artifacts exhibit beginning Sept. 7

The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College will host an exhibit by Relic Hunters of Texas beginning Saturday, Sept. 7.

“Digging up East Texas Ghost Town History” will be on display at the ETOM through Nov. 23, featuring artifacts from the turn of the 20th Century.

Displayed items will include period glass bottles, company store tokens, original heart-shaped Carhartt buttons and many more unique finds.

Terry Smith, a member of the Relic Hunters of Texas, will be at the museum Sept. 7 to discuss the history and artifacts that have been dug up in the East Texas area.

The ETOM is located at 1301 S. Henderson Blvd. (corner of Hwy. 259 and Ross Ave.) in Kilgore.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

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

About Terry Smith:

Terry Smith is an avid lover of history, having traveled extensively across the United States to metal detect and hunt for lost history. He was inducted into the Professional Treasure Hunters Historical Society in 2017 and shares his historical finds at conventions across the nation. As a member of Relic Hunters of Texas (headquartered in Longview), Smith is involved with educational programs including the Civil War Living History event in Jefferson, helping preserve history and educate people on how folks lived during the turn-of-the century.