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Gusher: The Spindletop Story

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum

Sound | 1990s

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  •  Life in Beaumont before the Texas Oil Boom 
  •  Early theories of oil in East Texas 
  •  Creation and Progress of the Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company 
  •  Introduction of John Galey, James Guffy, and the Hamill Brothers to Spindletop oil fields 
  •  Effects of the Lucas Gusher shortly after its beginnings 
  •  The ending of the Texas Oil Boom 
  •  Influence of the birth of the Texas’ oil industry 
  •  Spindletop Gladys City-Boomtown Museum 
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Produced by the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, this 1990s educational video tells the story of how Spindletop and its influence on a nascent oil industry. Based on early theories and sights of oil lying underneath the land of Southeast Texas, colorful characters like Captain George O’Brien and Pattillo Higgins made the decision to form business ventures in search of oil and the wealth that would follow. Countless attempts were made to drill far enough down to strike oil, leaving prospectors penniless and even judged by the Beaumont community for trying. It wasn’t until January 10, 1901, when a group of drillers known as the Hamill brothers managed to cause a 150-ft geyser to burst from the ground. The effect of Lucas Gusher No. 1 was a skyrocket of production over the course of the next decade, drawing crowds of businessmen and spectators alike. With over-drilling came the eventual fall of the Texas Oil Boom, but its scope of influence on the United States’ relationship with the global energy market was unparalleled.