This Week In Texas History


September 2015 - Week 1                                                      AUDIO VERSION

                                                                                                                

This Week In Texas History...

BLACK GOLD

SEPTEMBER 1866 AND TEXANS STRIKE BLACK GOLD.


THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ANSWER, ALAMO CITY REPUBLICAN WOMEN, AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE.


SEPTEMBER 12, 1866. NEAR NACOGDOCHES. SPURRED BY A YANKEE OIL BOOM, LOCAL STORE CLERK LYNE T. BARRET HAS HIS EYE ON THE CRUDE OIL KNOWN TO BUBBLE UP FROM THE GROUND HERE.


AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, HE FORMS A COMPANY AND BEGINS TO DRILL. USING A STEAM-POWERED RIG USED TO MAKE WATER WELLS, BARRET HAS LITTLE SUCCESS.
BUT WHEN THE AUGER HITS 106 FEET, OIL GUSHES TO THE SURFACE – BLACK GOLD! THE WELL PRODUCES ONLY TEN BARRELS A DAY, BUT IT’S THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL WELL IN TEXAS.


RECONSTRUCTION DELAYS DRILLING AND BARRET LOSES MONEY. BY 1868, HE IS BACK AT HIS STORE.


OIL DRILLING CAME TO TEXAS, THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY.


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Robert W. Kesting, "INVINCIBLE," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qti02), accessed August 13, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.