This is a 19 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on Historic Places & Events - The Gusher of 1901. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
On January 10, 1901, an enormous geyser of oil exploded from a drilling site at Spindletop Hill, a mound created by an underground salt deposit located near Beaumont in southeastern TX. Reaching a height of more than 150 feet and producing close to 100,000 barrels a day, the “gusher” was more powerful than any previously seen in the world.
A booming oil industry soon grew up around the oil field at Spindletop, and many of the major oil companies in America, including Gulf Oil, Texaco and Exxon, can trace their origins there.
By the mid-19th century, the tremendous effects of the Industrial Revolution had created a need for a cheaper and more convenient fossil fuel than coal; this need would be filled by petroleum. Edwin Drake drilled the first well specifically intended to extract oil in northwestern PA in 1859, and by the end of the century, PA had produced more oil than any other state.
Oil explorers were certain that Spindletop, with its sulfur springs and natural gas seepages, was an ideal site for crude oil. As drilling began, in early January 1901, they had reached a depth of some 1,020 feet. When the well hit 1,139 feet, a geyser of oil shot 150 feet into the air.
The Lucas Geyser, as it was called, was the most powerful that had ever been seen in the world. It took 9 days to get the flow under control, but when it finally was, the Lucas Gusher was producing 100,000 barrels of oil a day. It was the single-largest-producing well the world had seen, and it was producing more than all the other oil wells in America combined, setting off the Texas oil boom.
The presentation covers the following:
Gusher at Spindletop Hill
Demand for Oil Increases
Oil in Texas
Gladys Oil Company
The Gusher Hits
The Lucas Geyser
Oil Industry Boom
The Well Runs Dry
Second Oil Boom
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... Historic Places & Events.