Texas Almanac, 1941-1942 Page: 18
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18 TEXAS ALMANAC.-1941-42
AN INDUSTRY WAS BORN...
In late 1912 near what is now the town of Freeport, an odd-look-
ing cargo was ferried across the muddy Brazos River-four great 750-
horsepower boilers. Teams of oxen hauled the boilers from the river
bank toward a low mound rising above the coastal prairie.
Ever since the start of the century, when oil had been discovered
beneath a similar mound, this elevation of earth called Bryanmound
had been drilled and prospected-first for oil, then for sulphur. But
none of the attempts had succeeded.
The four boilers ferried across the Brazos were part of the latest
of the series of ventures. For long months, the preliminary work of
prospecting, of drilling, of construction had gone on. Finally, on
November 12, 1912, the first sulphur ever mined in Texas was melted
underground and extracted by the unique Frasch hot water process
from the inaccessible rock formations beneath Bryanmound.
This successful early pioneering by our company was followed in
later years by the development of a second mine at near-by Hoskins
Mound. The Hoskins mine subsequently replaced Bryanmound as our
producing property in Texas.
Throughout the years since 1912, we have served the industry
and agriculture of Texas and the nation. Moreover, in addition to
supplying an essential raw material for our state's growing industriali-
zation, we are glad to have contributed to Texas progress through pay
rolls, taxes and purchases of supplies, transportation and fuel. We
hope to continue to contribute to Texas progress in the future.
FREEPORT SULPHUR COMPANY
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