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Giant Under the Hill: A History of the Spindletop Oil Discovery at Beaumont, Texas, in 1901

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How did a profligate who killed a deputy sheriff before reforming, a mining engineer who went AWOL from the Austrian navy, and three East Texas drillers join forces with other equally colorful characters to drill on Spindletop Hill? The answers are all here—the challenge and frustration of the search, the excitement of the discovery, the euphoric chaos of the boom, and the genesis of the giant companies.

In this scholarly work firmly rooted in the narrative tradition, and using material collected over decades, the authors bring to life the efforts of Pattillo Higgins, Anthony Lucas, Al and Curt Hamill, and Peck Byrd to master the Spindletop salt dome—efforts that culminated in the discovery of the great Lucas Gusher. Their find subsequently transformed not only the state of Texas but the entire oil industry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876111826
  • Publisher: Texas State Historical Association
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Southeast Texas natives Ellen Walker Rienstra and Judith Walker Linsley are sisters with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lamar University. Rienstra is a violinist and historical consultant. Linsley is a researcher for the McFaddin-Ward House, a history instructor at Lamar, a newspaper columnist, and editor of The Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record. This is their first collaboration with Jo Ann Stiles, retired associate professor of history at Lamar University.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     xi
Prologue     1
The Early Seekers     5
The Hometown Boy     23
Gladys City     37
The Outsider     53
The Brothers     71
The Well     89
Spindletop     111
Boomtown     133
The Oil Field     153
Foundations     185
Spindletop: A Retrospective     211
Selected Bibliography     235
Notes     245
Index     281
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