Oil in Texas: 1895-1945, 1st Edition

  • Diana Davids
  • Roger M Olien
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  • ISBN-10: 0292798555
  • ISBN-13: 9780292798557
  • DDC: 338.272820
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2002 | Published/Released February 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2002

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As the twentieth century began, oil in Texas was easy to find, but the quantities were too small to attract industrial capital and production. Then, on January 10, 1901, the Spindletop gusher blew in. Over the next fifty years, oil transformed Texas, creating a booming economy that built cities, attracted out-of-state workers and companies, funded schools and universities, and generated wealth that raised the overall standard of living—even for blue-collar workers. No other twentieth-century development had a more profound effect upon the state. In this book, Roger M. Olien and Diana Davids Olien chronicle the explosive growth of the Texas oil industry from the first commercial production at Corsicana in the 1890s through the vital role of Texas oil in World War II. Using both archival records and oral histories, they follow the wildcatters and the gushers as the oil industry spread into almost every region of the state. The authors trace the development of many branches of the petroleum industry—pipelines, refining, petrochemicals, and natural gas. They also explore how overproduction and volatile prices led to increasing regulation.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Road to Spindletop.
2: The First Great Boom.
3: After the Boom.
4: Oily Water and Black Gold.
5: The Rising Tide of Oil.
6: Oil in Cow Country.
7: The Colossus of Texas Booms.
8: Survival and Growth.
9: Texas Oil Goes to War.
Other Backmatter.