The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 280
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GIANT UNDER THE HILL
A HISTORY OF THE SPINDLETOP OIL DISCOVERY
AT BEAUMONT, TEXAS, IN 1901
ByJo Ann Stiles, Judith Linsley, and Ellen Rienstra
How did they do it? How did a profilgate who killed a
deputy sheriff before reforming, a mining engineer who
went AWOL from the Austrian Navy, and three East Texas
drillers join forces with other equally colorful characters to
drill on Spindletop hill? Giant Under the Hill is a scholarly
work firmly rooted in the narrative
tradition, a great story intriguingly
told by three Beaumont historians:
Jo Ann Stiles, Ellen Rienstra, and
Judith Linsley. Using material col-
lected over decades, much of it never
before published, they bring to life
the efforts of Patillo Higgins,
Anthony Lucas, Al and Curt Hamill,
and Peck Byrd to master the
Spindletop salt dome that culminat-
ed in the discovery of the great Lucas
gusher. Their find subsequently transformed not only the
state of Texas but the entire oil industry. Giant Under the
Hill is the definitive story of one of the most significant and
colorful moments in Texas history.
This exhaustively researched book focuses on the Lucas
Gusher in Beaumont in 19go1, as well as the events leading
up to it and the immediate aftermath. It's all here-the
challenge and frustration of the search, the excitement of
the discovery, the euphoric chaos of the boom, and the
genesis of the giant companies. After the gusher came in,
life would never be the same.
ISBN o-87611-182-7. 6 x g in., 344 PP. Illustrations, index.
Cloth, $29.95. Member's price, $25.46'
* Price does not include $4.50 postage and handling for first
book; $o.75 for each additional book.
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