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SHELL CAMP, TEXAS. Shell Camp was an oil boomtown near the Shell Oil Company drilling operations northwest of Kilgore in the East Texas oilfield in Gregg County. The community was one of a number of such settlements, or camps, that were built by the major oil companies or larger independents during the oil boom of the 1930s. The town flourished for several years but all but disappeared after World War II, when the oil industry declined.


Eugene W. McWhorter, Traditions of the Land: The History of Gregg County (Longview, Texas: Gregg County Historical Foundation, 1989).

Christopher Long


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Christopher Long, "SHELL CAMP, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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