Texas Attractions: R.G. LeTourneau Museum
Address: 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview, TX
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About the R.G. LeTourneau Museum:
The R.G. LeTourneau Museum is inside the Memorial Student Center on the campus of LeTourneau University. And yes, the school and the museum are named after the same individual.
Mr. R.G. LeTourneau is "considered to be the father of the modern earthmoving industry," one of the most-prolific inventors of oil and earth-moving equipment. LeTourneau, who was born in 1888 and died in 1969, was also a Christian missionary in Africa and South America.
The museum is divided into three sections: The Man (a look at LeTourneau's life); The Machines (a look at some of his nearly 300 inventions); and The Mission (tracing his missionary efforts and personal ministry).
Among the displays are scale models of many of his inventions, plus scale models of the first offshore oil drilling platforms.
The R.G. LeTourneau Museum is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and at other times by appointment. There is no admission charge.
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