Friday, January 26th 2018

East Texas Oil Museum unveils vintage ice truck display

The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College hosted a ribbon cutting Jan. 30 to unveil its new exhibit featuring a 1929 Mack Truck used to haul ice.

Donated by Mike and Amy Clements, the vintage truck is encased adjacent to the museum in a weather-proof outdoor shelter built by KK Mobbs Builders.

More than 75 KC employees and community leaders gathered to celebrate the museum's first new exhibit in about eight years.

"The truck is the same kind that would have been used to deliver ice for area residents' iceboxes at the time of the East Texas discovery in the 1930s," said Merlyn Holmes, ETOM director.

Mike  Clements, who owns Energy Weldfab in White Oak, discovered the truck located in upstate New York and said he knew it would fit in perfectly as an exhibit at the ETOM.

"If one person stops to see this vehicle and looks at Kilgore College and has a fond memory of Kilgore College, then it's all worth it," Clements said.

Regular winter hours for the ETOM are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The museum is located at the corner of Highway 259 and Ross Street on the Kilgore campus.

For more information visit or call the ETOM at 903-983-8295.

PHOTO ABOVE: Mike Clements speaks Jan. 30 at the ribbon cutting for the new ice truck display at the East Texas Oil Museum. Clements purchased the truck and transported it from upstate New York to become a permanent display at the ETOM.  Photo by O. RUFUS LOVETT/KC