Van is in central Van Zandt County at the intersection of I-20 and
Texas 110. In 1894
Henry Vance established a post office and the name Van was chosen when the post named it
for Vannie Tunell and postmaster Vance. On October 14, 1929, oil was discovered
under Jarman #1. Van became a boom town and within 10 days of the discovery under
Jarman #1 some 30 structures, some of them hotels, were built. It still
remains an oil related town; however, the hotels, the economy has shifted to more
diversified industries, as well as agriculture.
For information on events, accommodations, and dining facilities,
call the Van Area Chamber of Commerce at 903/ 963-5051.
Cedar Creek, Fork, Holbrook, and Palestine
Van Area Oil and Historical Museum -
The museum is in an old warehouse originally built in 1930 by the
Pure Oil Co. to house oil field materials used in the development of the oil field.
All of the oil derricks in the Van field have disappeared; however, the museum obtained a
derrick and relocated it on the grounds as a reminder of bygone days. Displays
include various types of oil related memorabilia as well as history on the area and
Open Wednesday -Saturday 10 a.m. - noon, 1- 4 p.m. Closed
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New year's Day. Located at Texas 16 and
County Road 1501.
For information, call 903/ 963-5435