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.
|Publisher:||Texas State Historical Association|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Southeast Texas native ELLEN WALKER RIENSTRA is a violinist and historical consultant with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lamar University.
Rienstra’s sister, JUDITH WALKER LINSLEY, also earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lamar University and 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.
The collaborator on this book, JO ANN STILES, is a retired associate professor of history at Lamar University.
Table of Contents
The Early Seekers 5
The Hometown Boy 23
Gladys City 37
The Outsider 53
The Brothers 71
The Well 89
The Oil Field 153
Spindletop: A Retrospective 211
Selected Bibliography 235