Life in the early Texas oil booms (photos)

HOUSTON — This isn’t the first time oil has gushed from Texas wells at a record rate, sending towns around the state into economic booms. Starting with the Lucas gusher at Spindletop, Texas experienced an oil boom in the early 1900s that introduced a cheap supply of energy and transformed the state. See how life in Texas changed in towns like Kilgore, Freer and elsewhere when black gold started flowing.

 

SHOW MORE

About The Author

John Boyd is a web producer for Chron.com. Follow him on Twitter via @johnnynewsroom.