East Texas Boomtown

Click here to enlarge imageThe carefree, rural lifestyle of East Texas was changed dramatically during 1930-31 when Columbus Marion "Dad" Joiner, a 70-year-old wildcatter, discovered oil on the Daisy Bradford farm in Rusk County. In addition to Joiner's well, two extension wells-the Lou Della Crim and Lathrop-were successful, creating the largest oil field in the world at the time of the discovery. - Photo courtesy of East Texas Oil Museum.East Texas field covers 140,000 acres across five counties: Rusk, Gregg, Smith, Upshur, and Cherokee. More than 32,000 wells were drilled in the field, with fewer than 500 dry holes. Today, 70 years later, the field has produced more than 5 billi...

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