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The History Of Black Gold In Texas
When the oil well near Beaumont blew in on Jan. 10, 1901, the “gusher” — the term was coined because of Spindletop — did more than make a bunch of people filthy rich. It divided history, not only in Texas, but the rest of the world, into two parts: everything that came before Spindletop, and everything after it.
At a time when “successful” wells produced 100 barrels of oil a day, Spindletop spewed at a rate nearly 1,000 times that fast. It dumped 800,000 barrels onto the fields surrounding the shattered derrick until its owners capped the hole nine days later.
The world, thirsting for a cheap alternative to coal and a fuel fit for the newfangled automobile and the soon-to-be invented airplane, had been sitting at the brink of a precipice.
The well was the brainchild of Pattillo Higgins, a one-armed, self-educated real estate man and Sunday school teacher in Beaumont. Higgins, who didn’t have any formal training in geology or engineering, thought a salt dome formation about four miles south of town might contain oil.
It took several years and a couple of dry holes, but Spindletop proved them wrong at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, 1901. The ground shook. Mud spurted out of the 1,020-foot well, followed by an explosion of gas that shot the drill bit and hundreds of feet of pipe out of the hole and up through the derrick, knocking off its crown block.
The drillers congratulated themselves and waited for the column of thick, black gold and green crude to subside. It didn’t. After nine days, they finally managed to put a lid on Spindletop.
The seemingly infinite abundance of oil also put an end to what had been an ongoing debate about the fuel source for one of the newest forms of transportation: the automobile.
For 50 years, the industrial complex between Beaumont and Houston was the largest source of refining and petrochemicals in the world. OPEC and automation of the refineries changed things in the 1970s and 1980s. But most of the world’s largest petrochemical companies still have a sizable presence in the area, along with service companies offering expertise in exploration, drilling and refining.
Houston is still clearly the energy capital of the world. That’s the real legacy of Spindletop and Texas Black Gold. Next time you have Black Gold Coffee, remember Texas Black Gold and how it all began.