The Texas Oil Industry
By:mykenzie and kendahl
How it Happened
On Jan. 10, 1901 when spurting drilling pipe, mud, gas and oil, the Lucas No. 1 blew in at Spindle top near Beaumont. The gusher spewed oil more than 100 feet into the air until it was capped nine days later. With that dramatic fanfare, Texas' economy was wrenched from its rural, agricultural roots and flung headlong into the petroleum and industrial age
How it affected local, and international markets
The arrival of railroad transportation expanded Texas farmers' and ranchers' markets by providing faster and cheaper shipping of products. Cattle raisers were no longer forced to trail their herds long miles to railheads in the Midwest.