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Transcript of Spindletop
~Al, Curt, and Jim Hamill
~The Hamill brothers were assisting Lucas at drilling on Spindletop oil field
~Curt Hamill was the person who thought of putting mud in the hole instead of water to drain out access dirt. The sand was to thick to drill through and kept caving in.
~Before Spindletop, boats and trains ran on coal
~There was oil, but not a big enough source (Before Spindletop) to convert to using oil for everything
Anthony F. Lucas
~Was hired by Higgins
~He made a deal with someone else, making Higgins mad since he was his partner. Higgins quit
~He was the captain of the Spindletop drill team, during 1901
~January 10, 1901
~Spindletop is an oil geyser that produced more than 100,000 barrels of oil a day
~Spindletop was a major boost in the oil company
~Things started converting to oil instead of coal
~Cars, ships, airplanes, motorcycles, and more started to use oil.
~Helped make U.S. leading oil producers in the world
~ By 1902, Spindletop produced 17.5 barrels
~ While drilling for oil the Hamill brothers saw mud spilling out of the hole, then gas
~Large boom was heard then oil shot into the air
~People were trying to come drill on the land after the news got out
~Pattillo Higgins was the founder of the Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company formed in 1892.
~The Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company was the first company to drill on Spindletop Field
What is oil used for today?
~ Spindletop was located near Beaumont TX
The 9 Days
~Spindletop was continuosly producing oil for 9 days, until it was finally capped.
~During those 9 days, the geyser produced more than 900,000 barrels of oil!