Oil and Texas: A Cultural History
For Texans, the 20th century did not begin on January 1, 1901, as it did for everyone else. It began nine days later, on Jan. 10, when, spurting drilling pipe, mud, gas and oil, the Lucas No. 1 well blew in at Spindletop near Beaumont. The gusher spewed oil more than 100 feet into the air until it was capped nine days later.
Traces of Texas reader Randy Ray sent in this wonderful photo...describe it: "The image depicts one of the Waggoner Ranch houses which was in Thrift, TX just outside of Burkburnett during the major oil strike there. When I was a toddler in the mid 1950s, we lived in this house "out on the lease". While all of the cable tool rig derricks were gone by that time, my mom would not let me go outside unsupervised because many of the well drill holes were still open hazards." (from Facebook)