The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 43
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Oil and Gas Association. It is fitting that, next to the shaft at
San Jacinto, this is the highest monument in Texas. Carved in
the eternal granite are these lines:
On This Spot
on the Tenth Day of the
a New Era
in Civilization Began
Petroleum has revolutionized industry and transportation; it has
created untold wealth, built cities, furnished employment for hundreds
of thousands, and contributed billions of dollars in taxes to support
institutions of government. In a brief span of years, it has altered
man's way of life throughout the world.
But even this magnificent vista in words could not reveal all,
for, a few years later, Texas was producing almost exactly the
amount of oil that America needed to win World War II; Texas
oil saved civilization and averted world-wide slavery. And
Texas oil received its initial impetus when the Lucas gusher
Such, in outline, is the story of Spindletop.
Here’s what’s next.
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