At 10:30 a.m. on January 10, 1901, a seismic event changed the course of Texas history. Near this spot, the famous “Lucas Gusher” blew, shooting black crude oil more than 100 feet into the air. It was the greatest oil well ever seen.
Seemingly overnight, thousands of sightseers, fortune seekers and “boomers” poured into Beaumont.
As the Great War signaled the age of mechanized warfare, oil was needed to power the new weapons of war. The discovery of oil in Texas gave the US a major strategic advantage, and helped usher in the Petroleum Age.
The Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum recreates life during the oil boom, with a recreated post office, saloon, general story, livery, working print shop and working replica gusher. You can also see re-enactments of life during the oil boom at Spindletop-Gladys City.
Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum