Spindletop and the Oil Industry


Texas History Economic Boom Spindletop and the Oil Industry
Students learn about the discovery of oil at Spindletop near Beaumont. The students examine how the gusher changed the oil industry and made Texas a powerful part of the oil business.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn about the discovery of oil at Spindletop near Beaumont. The students examine how the gusher changed the oil industry and made Texas a powerful part of the oil business.

Objectives:

  • Explain the significance of the discovery of oil at Spindletop in 1901.
  • Describe some of the earliest uses for oil.
  • Explain how the oil industry contributed to the industrialization of Texas.


On January 10, 1901, Anthony Lucas was drilling when he hit oil. It blew out of the ground and flew 150 feet into the air. This moment changed the Texas economy, which would gradually shift from cotton and cattle to oil. In this experience, you will learn about Spindletop and the beginning of the oil industry.

Objectives:

  • Explain the significance of the discovery of oil at Spindletop in 1901.
  • Describe some of the earliest uses for oil.
  • Explain how the oil industry contributed to the industrialization of Texas.




Spindletop Oil Fields, 1903


How did people use oil in the early 1900s? Post at least one item in a word or short phrase. To list multiple items, separate them with a comma, like this: jet, train.

Post your answer

Students might post some of the following uses:

  • Lights
  • Cooking
  • Heat
  • Generate electricity
  • Power automobiles


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