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by Mike Cox

On January 10, 1901, near Beaumont, Texas, an unremarkable knoll of earth the world would soon call Spindletop shot a geyser of oil a hundred feet into the air, confirming the belief of Pattillo Higgins that black gold lay buried there. The Texas oil industry had begun in earnest, and neither Texas nor the world would ever be the same. In the years to come, Texas oil would fuel the nation’s automobiles and help to bring victory to the Allies in both world wars, shaping America’s destiny throughout the twentieth century. Join author and historian Mike Cox in this photographic visit to the heyday of Texas crude as he recounts the stories of key oil-patch discoveries around the state. Nearly 200 images in vivid black-and-white, with captions and introductions, offer a roughneck-close look at this uniquely American tale of dry holes and gushers, ragtowns and riches, boomtowns, blowouts, and wildcatters gone broke.
Download Historic Photos of Texas Oil epub
ISBN: 1596525312
ISBN13: 978-1596525313
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: Mike Cox
Language: English
Publisher: Turner (August 1, 2009)
Pages: 216 pages
ePUB size: 1188 kb
FB2 size: 1740 kb
Rating: 4.4
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While Mike Cox's book is largely photos, the captions with historical tidbits and the wonderful bibliography provide incentive to learn more about these early years of the Texas oil industry. Whether readers have family and business links to the "ohl bidness" or not, they will recognize how the chain of events that brought much growth, excitement and danger to this state parallel U.S. growth and history. This reader was ready for more by the time this cycle ended in the 1940s--much too soon for my taste. As one who grew up in West Texas, I would have liked to have another decade or two included since many things changed for American businesses, including the Texas oil business, because of World War II and technological advances. We can all hope to see more in a future volume.
This was a gift for my dad who worked his younger years on oil rigs in the gulf. We were disappointed by this book. We thought it would have full page, glossy photos, they are neither. Just basic paper stock. For $40+, this book could have been sooo much better. Still considering a return.
Nice book.
Great coffee table book
The author of this thoughtful look at a fabled Texas story has personal connections to the oil patch. Cox introduces a postcard from "the wild and woolly boom town of Ranger." His late maternal grandfather sent it to his grandmother in 1919 while covering the runaway oil boom for a Fort Worth newspaper. Seven years later, Cox's paternal grandfather was a roughneck on a rig in Borger, another of the era's many instant boom towns.

My own maternal great grandfather, a Corsicana banker, was an original investor in Magnolia Petroleum, a Texas outfit which later became Mobil Oil. Great granddad went bust in the 1929 stock market crash and had to go to work for the company. His eldest son, my grandfather, was an engineer for the Magnolia, and then Mobil Oil, until he retired in 1960.

So I was especially taken by the book's cover photo of eight "worn-out" Magnolia roughnecks taking a break on a rig in the East Texas field. Two of them, as Cox notes, seem to be courting death by fire with lit cigarettes. They are the beginning of a 199-page sentimental journey. You still see pump jacks all over the state, though many are idle when oil prices are low. But they only hint at the tall drilling rigs that preceded them. The book has the rigs. Forests of them. Skylines full. Blue-black gushers blowing. People happily swarming to the oil of prosperity.

There are muddy drillers and clean drill-bit salesmen, oil-soaked roughnecks and mule teams incongruously pulling wagonloads of the stuff that makes cars go. Big-hatted Texas Rangers tote rifles to cool boundary disputes and enforce state pumping rules, or break up criminal rings in the boom towns. It's a fascinating reminder of when Big Oil displaced the cowboy and the Alamo as primary Texas symbols, and literally propelled Allied victory in World War II. Today, the oil patch is little more than those occasionally-bobbing pump jacks, laden tankers leaving the port of Houston and reruns of "Dallas." But the boom times live on, undying, in Historic Photos of Texas Oil. They used to say: If you haven't got an oil well, get one. At least now you can get the book.
Great choice of photographs. Excellent addition to the oil history of Texas.
Author could/should have listed more information on the origins of some of the photos.
Many of the Jack Nolan photographs were missing Jack's captions (written on photographs and his photogrpahic postcards, in most collections). Cropping of those portions of the photographs was not appropriate....give full credit.