Texas Oil Research Project

One day, at an ordinary hill called Spindletop, an oil well was set to drill for over 1000 feet deep. After drilling for around 1000 feet, people began to give up hope, until one day a several hundred tall geyser of oil and mud erupted from the hole. It managed to spew out enough oil to fill over 70,000 barrels a day. This caused many other industries to expand quickly, and oil prices were very low. In some places, a barrel of oil cost less than a cup of coffee. Afterwards, Texas experienced oil booms all throughout East and West areas during the early 20th century. During the time of the booms, the population of Texas increased greatly. The oil provided more money, which improved the educational system throughout the state. We still see some effects of the discovery at Spindletop today, such as the large oil industry and cheap oil prices.

Some items made from petroleum are: curtains, detergent, plastic bottles, canned goods, sneakers, CD's/DVD's, ink, bandages, makeup, candles, camera film, carpets and plant fertilizer.

This is a black-and-white photograph of the oil discovery at Spindletop
The Spindletop oil well alone produced over 70,000 oil barrels in a single day

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