Spindletop Gusher 118 Years Ago

It was 118 years ago today the Lucas gusher at Spindletop struck oil in Beaumont. The

gusher blew for nine days at a rate of an estimated 100,000 barrels a day. Gulf Oil and

Texaco, now part of Chevron Corporation were formed to develop production at

Spindletop.  Spindletop was the largest gusher in the world and catapulted Beaumont into

an oil-fueled boomtown. Beaumont’s population of 10,000 tripled in three months and

eventually rose to 50,000.

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