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KC’s East Texas Oil Museum will partner with Gregg County Historical Museum to present a lecture and panel discussion Jan. 25 in Longview regarding the Big Inch Pipeline, a petroleum pipeline which ran from Texas to New Jersey and played a vital role in the U.S.’s efforts during World War II.

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, in the gymnasium at Red Oak Baptist Church 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.

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.

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

Construction began in 1942 on the oil pipeline that changed the course of World War II with more than 350 million barrels of crude flowing from East Texas to the northeast states.

For more information, contact Olivia Moore, ETOM Manager, at 903-983-8295 or email omoore@kilgore.edu.

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