Oil at Spindletop in 1901 By: Grace Teter
Discovery of Oil in 1901!
Spindletop hill covered in drillers
Fields of oil rigs
Oil rig in 1901
Modern oil rig
modern off shor rig
Info About Anthony Lucas
One might say that Captain Anthony F. Lucas was the engineer behind the Spindletop Boom. He studied mining and related subjects in his homeland of Austria. Despite the negative reports from contemporary geologists, Lucas remained convinced that oil was in the salt domes of the Golf Coast. He pushed on and was successful.
By Products of Oil
lubricating oils, waxes, polishes, plastics, rubbing alcohol, medicines, rubber and even things like lip gloss. Before Spindletop, oil was used mainly for lamps and lubrication.
Jobs in The Oil Buisness
The drillers who flooded into Beaumont to work at Spindletop. They were considered "a new breed of man". Oil-field workers took on a job that was filled with excitement and danger. They got paid well for their work. In 1900, fifty cents a day was considered a good wage. A driller, who was an experienced worker, got from five dollars to fifteen dollars a day. A skilled helper, called a roughneck, got a little less. A semi-skilled worker, known as a roustabout, was a little less paid. A "boll weevil" who was an inexperienced helper was paid two or three dollars a day.