Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Spindletop Gush blows again in Beaumont

The Spindletop Gusher which usher the age of oil into Texas blew again today in Beaumont

The precious, sparkling liquid shot more than 100 feet above the derrick. Above, the man under the derrick is catching some of the precious spray in his hat.

It was, of course, a re-enactment, together with the actors, a throng of watchers, Tracy Byrd's "Spindletop Song" about the early 1900's event, and 10,000 gallons of water (sorry, liquid gold is too precious and too messy).

The occasion was to mark Lamar University's successful employee contribution drive to its fund-raising campaign. The event was held at the LU Gladys City/Boomtown museum -- a replica of a town at the time the gusher blew -- the largest gusher that had ever blown in the U.S. It started a gold rush in Southeast Texas and brought plentiful and cheap oil to fuel the new car craze sweeping the nation.

--steve buser

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