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Kilgore Police Department
Ronnie Moore(Chief of Police)
909 N Kilgore,
Kilgore, TX, 75662
(903)983-1559

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The city of Kilgore encompasses the following counties: Gregg, Rusk. Kilgore's government type is Council-Manager. It is comprised of the City Manager, who is currently Jeffrey J. Howell.

Kilgore encompasses land area: 15.4 sq mi (39.9 km2), water area: 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2). The elevation is 358 ft (109 m) above sea level. This equates to a population density of 842.5/sq mi (324.4/km2). The local time zone is Central (CST) (UTC-6).

Zip codes in Kilgore include 75662-75663. Local area codes are 903. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 48-39124, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at City of Kilgore, Texas.

Kilgore is a city in Gregg and Rusk Counties in the eastern part of the U.S. state of Texas. It is the home of Kilgore College, and was also the childhood home (from age six) of famous classical pianist Van Cliburn. The population was 12,975 at the 2010 census.

Kilgore was founded in 1872 when the International-Great Northern Railroad completed the initial phase of rail line between Palestine and Longview. The rail company chose to bypass a small community approximately 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Longview, New Danville, in lieu of a new townsite platted on 174 acres (0.70 km2) sold to the rail by Constantine Buckley Kilgore, the town's namesake. The new town received a post office in 1873 and soon began to draw residents and businesses away from New Danville. By 1885, the population had reached 250 and the community possessed two cotton gins, a church, and its own school. The Kilgore Independent School District was organized in 1910, and by 1914 the town had two banks, several businesses, and a reported population of 700. The 1920s showed continued steady growth and by 1929 Kilgore was home to an estimated 1,000 residents.

Prosperity came to a halt, however, when Kilgore was dealt severe blows by a steep decline in cotton prices (on which most of the town's economy had been based), and the effects of the Great Depression. Businesses began to close and by the middle of 1930 the population had fallen to 500; the community appeared destined to become a ghost town.


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