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When the Lucas # 1 oil well "blew in" in that field at Spindletop just south and east of Beaumont on January 10, 1901, that well produced more oil than all other American oil wells in existence, COMBINED. In fact, the area right around that well would, within 18 months, be producing more oil than the rest of the world, combined. And of the first six wells at Spindletop, three produced more than the entire country of Russia which, until then, had been the world's top producer. And it was Spindletop that saw the beginnings of Gulf Oil, Texaco, Amoco, and the Humble Oil Company ---- which later became Exxon. And all because Patillo Higgins had a vision of what was there and wouldn't be denied. This photo was taken in 1908,  a few years after the momentous discovery. Love that dog and that car! Amazing.


spindletop 1908.jpg

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