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Historic Photos of Texas Oil

Historic Photos of Texas Oil

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On January 10, 1901, near Beaumont, Texas, an unremarkable knoll of earth the world would soon call Spindletop shot a geyser of oil a hundred feet into the air, confirming the belief of Pattillo Higgins that black gold lay buried there. The Texas oil industry had begun in earnest, and neither Texas nor the world would ever be the same. In the years to come, Texas

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On January 10, 1901, near Beaumont, Texas, an unremarkable knoll of earth the world would soon call Spindletop shot a geyser of oil a hundred feet into the air, confirming the belief of Pattillo Higgins that black gold lay buried there. The Texas oil industry had begun in earnest, and neither Texas nor the world would ever be the same. In the years to come, Texas oil would fuel the nation’s automobiles and help to bring victory to the Allies in both world wars, shaping America’s destiny throughout the twentieth century. Join author and historian Mike Cox in this photographic visit to the heyday of Texas crude as he recounts the stories of key oil-patch discoveries around the state. Nearly 200 images in vivid black-and-white, with captions and introductions, offer a roughneck-close look at this uniquely American tale of dry holes and gushers, ragtowns and riches, boomtowns, blowouts, and wildcatters gone broke.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620453834
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Series:
Historic Photos Series
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
599,627
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

An elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Mike Cox is the author of 15 nonfiction books. Over a freelance career of more than 40 years, he has also written hundreds of articles and essays for a wide variety of publications. The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900 (2008) received excellent reviews and has been a best-seller among books about the Old West. Historic Photos of Texas Lawmen is his latest book, released by Turner Publishing Company in recent months.
A former award-winning reporter, Cox was a longtime spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety and later communications manager for the Texas Department of Transportation before retiring in 2007.
These days Cox devotes full time to his freelance writing, while finding time to work in a little fishing and hunting. He lives in Austin with his wife and daughter.

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Historic Photos of Texas Oil 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bellepepper More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for a family member who is retired from the "oil patch". I looked it over and was impressed but my relative couldn't get his nose out of it. He had stories to tell about many of the locations and wells that he had a part in drilling in the later days. He said it was the best gift he had received in ages and the last time I saw him, he still had his nose in it!
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
What do you think of when you hear the State of Texas mentioned? Many of you might say oil. Or, perhaps responses would be cattle, wide open spaces or cotton. Actually, oil is what really brought attention to the Lone Star State when the incredible Spindletop field was discovered in 1901. Some may think that a gusher and the attendant exhilaration is as pictured in the movie Giant. Not so as you'll find in this assiduously researched volume beginning with a summer day in 1543 when oil was seen floating on the water along the Texas coast through 1942 when major oil companies began building a 1,254 mile pipeline carrying 300,000 gallons of oil a day. Over 200 historic photos gathered from the archives of the Texas State Archives, the Texas Energy Museum and the Texas Oil and Gas Association among others are remarkable reminders of a storied past. These photos convey more than words exactly how it was whether it's a pretty working girl in Borger, Texas or rigs reaching toward the sky from Upper Galveston Bay. Author 0f 15 nonfiction books Mike Cox is the perfect guide for a look back at those wild and wooly days when it seemed that fortunes were well within reach for many. History buffs as well as those with an interest in the oil industry will find much to ponder and enjoy in Historic Photos of Texas Oil. - Gail Cooke