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Posted December 29, 2011
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2009
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