French TV crew visits Kilgore for travel program


A television crew from across the Atlantic came to Kilgore Friday to bring some of the local lore to viewers in Europe.

The crew, from the ARTE European Cultural Channel, toured sites in Kilgore including the World’s Richest Acre and the Dean-Keener-Crim House for a television show called “Invitation au voyage”, or “Invitation to Travel.”

Kilgore Tourism Manager Ryan Polk said the crew were introduced to Kilgore by local author Terry Stembridge.

“He discussed in detail the history of Kilgore, in true form, on how it started, how Kilgore is the authentic birthplace of the oil boom, as far as East Texas is concerned,” Polk said. “The story that’s told in the East Texas Oil Museum, Terry told in a more personal manner.”

Cameraman and photographer Pierre Duyckaerts set up his camera at the railroad crossing on Lantrip Street for some long tracking shots framed by the oil derricks standing over the World’s Richest Acre.

“It’s very special history, very American history. We don’t have oil in France so it’s very particular and very Texan,” Duyckaerts said of his tour of Kilgore.

The TV crew was visiting several spots in the Lone Star State for a feature on Texas and had recently been in Dallas. Polk said the ARTE Channel contacted the city and he helped arrange the visit.

ARTE broadcasts to viewers in French and German and “Invitation au voyage” often gives viewers a look at cultures around the world.


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