Oil museum celebrates new truck display

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The glass walls might have already given away the surprise: East Texas Oil Museum will officially debut a new exhibit next week, a 1929 Mack Truck once used to haul ice and now encased in a weather-proof outdoor shelter.

“I’m excited that we have something new here at the museum,” said ETOM Executive Director Merlyn Holmes. “Our museum is mostly the same as it’s been since 1980. We’ve added some exhibits, and we have some touring exhibits that come in,” but large-scale additions are rare.

“This is just an awesome new feature for us that will, hopefully, attract new tourists.”

The ribbon cutting for the exhibit is set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30. Refreshments will be provided.

The vintage vehicle was donated by Mike and Amy Clements and ultimately found its home in a transparent display erected by KK Mobbs Builders beside the museum. Construction on the exhibit began in Summer 2017 and was completed in the fall.

“We’re going to refurbish the paint at a later time,” Holmes noted, underscoring the feeling the truck was plucked from Boomtown: “This is how we got ice during the oilboom period, and this is the type of truck people saw.

“I just think that it’s a really neat feature since it’s a way to show how the time was in the ‘30s.”

Learn more at Facebook.com/EastTexasOilMuseum or call ETOM at 903-983-8295.

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