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This day in Texas History: Spindletop Oilfield Discovered

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Spindletop Oilfield Discovered January 10, 1901 On this day in 1901, the Spindletop Oilfield was discovered on a salt dome south of Beaumont, marking the birth of the modern petroleum industry. Pattillo Higgins, the “prophet of Spindletop,” and others had tried for years to find…
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From Peck to Tomball to “Oil Town U.S.A.” December 02, 1907

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) From Peck to Tomball to “Oil Town U.S.A.” December 02, 1907 On this day in 1907, citizens of Peck, located about thirty miles north of Houston, renamed their community Tomball in honor of Thomas Henry Ball, a well-known politician and prohibition advocate. Ball…
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