Life in the early Texas oil booms (photos)

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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.

 

John Boyd

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