The Lucas Gusher, 1901

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Photograph of the Lucas gusher in 1901. The Lucas gusher is a spindletop that is gushing oil out of the top of it. On the ground surrounding the spindletop are several workers, two holding a large hose.

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One photographic image, b&w: 11.25 in. X 14.0 in.

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Creator: Unknown. 1901.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Where the West Begins: Capturing Fort Worth's Historic Treasures and was provided by University of Texas at Arlington Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 3245 times , with 102 in the last month . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries contributes a large collection of maps, photographs, books, and letters to several collections, including German Immigration to Texas, Humanities Texas Grant, and Where the West Begins: Capturing Fort Worth's Historic Treasures. They also provide select items for the Lorenzo de Zavala Online: Empresario, Statesman and Texas Revolutionary collection.

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Description

Photograph of the Lucas gusher in 1901. The Lucas gusher is a spindletop that is gushing oil out of the top of it. On the ground surrounding the spindletop are several workers, two holding a large hose.

Physical Description

One photographic image, b&w: 11.25 in. X 14.0 in.

Notes

Attached to the back of the photograph is a newspaper article from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sunday, September 28, 1941. The headline reads, "Birthday Party for Spindletop... World's Most Famous Oil Field". The article reads, "Spindletop, the world's most famous oil field, is having a birthday party next month. Discovered 40 years ago when the Lucas gusher roared in on a low hill south of Beaumont to open America's first great oil field, Spindletop was the beginning of the modern petroleum industry and started a new industrial era for Texas. The Texas Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association is holding a three-day anniversary celebration at Beaumont in connection with its annual convention. On Oct. 9, a monument will be dedicated to the Spindeltop pioneers, and on Oct. 10 a reunion of oldtimers will be held. In these pictures you see the big oil field in its early days."

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Where the West Begins: Capturing Fort Worth's Historic Treasures

The materials in this collection, which include photographs, letters, books, and more, reflect on the rich and storied history of Fort Worth. This project was generously funded by the Amon Carter Foundation and the Adeline and George McQueen Foundation.

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  • 1901

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  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:54 p.m.

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  • April 28, 2016, 12:43 p.m.

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The Lucas Gusher, 1901, photograph, 1901; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41398/: accessed May 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at Arlington Library.