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Carroll Shelby Tour
Famous Race Car Driver and Auto Designer Carroll Shelby claims Pittsburg as home.
Carroll Hall Shelby (January 11, 1923 – May 10, 2012) was an American automotive designer, racing driver, and entrepreneur. Shelby is best known for his involvement with the AC Cobra and Mustang for Ford Motor Company, which he modified during the late 1960s and early 2000s. He established Shelby American in 1962 to manufacture and market performance vehicles. His autobiography, The Carroll Shelby Story, was published in 1967.[1] As a race car driver, his highlight was as a co-driver of the winning 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans entry. Carroll Shelby was born on January 11, 1923, to Warren Hall Shelby, a rural mail carrier, and his wife, Eloise Shelby (nee Lawrence) in Leesburg, Texas. Visit the Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Museum to see the last car Carroll Shelby ever purchased and his racing overalls and signed helmet! Or you can call and tour the Carroll Shelby Automotive School he set up at NTCC. Also at NTCC they have an extensive library about Shelby. Or pay your respects at the Leesburg Cemetery by visiting his gravesite. (please be respectful to the surroundings).

The Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center and Museum is a museum in Pittsburg, Texas. It consists of two separate facilities, the Depot Museum and the Farmstead Museum. The Depot Museum is located in a former Cotton Belt railroad depot that was built in 1901. The Depot Museum offers visitors the experience of discovering what tools, technologies, and inventions were made and utilized were made and utilized in the 1800's and early 1900's. It also features an old fire truck, artwork from local artists, the Ezekiel Airship and an original Carrol Shelby car. At the Farmstead, visitors will experience the oldest home in our county that was moved to the site and reconstructed with the original foundation material. We have something for everyone!

Carroll Shelby's contributions to the automotive industry are legendary. Now, you can be trained at the only automotive technology program bearing the Shelby name. At NTCC, you will get the hands-on experience needed to achieve your career goals from a program supported and endorsed by one of the most respected names in the industry.
Northeast Texas Community College is located 13 miles northeast of Pittsburg. It serves a district that includes Camp, Morris and Titus Counties. Students who live in these counties get significant savings with in-district tuition rates. In addition to traditional university transfer programs, NTCC also offers: A variety of workforce training, on-campus housing, working instructional farm, NJCAA athletics, Whatley Center for the Performing Arts, free GED & ESL classes, outreach programs in local schools and more!