Week Ends: #2
“My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil.” ~Paul Getty
Texas is the nation’s #1 oil and gas producer with more than 216,000 active oil and gas wells statewide.
It may be called Texas Tea, but the oil industry in the US didn’t start pumping in Texas. It began on a quiet farm in Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859.
Texas didn’t get around to drilling an oil well for another 7 years. It was a well drilled in 1866 by Lyne T. Barret near the east Texas town of Nacogdoches that really got things flowing!
The Corsicana field, the first big producing field in Texas, was discovered accidentally by local businessmen who were drilling deep wells looking for water, not oil.
To top it off, the first drillers thought the oil zones were a nuisances, and drilled right past them to get to the water!
These are a few pictures I took in the The Central Texas Oil Patch Museum in Luling, Texas.