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A worker sends signals to the oil derrick platform at the Spindletop reservoir's newly operational drilling site on Monday, December 23, 2013.
(Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise)

A new life for Spindletop (photos)

Hard-hatted roughnecks returned to Spindletop this week, aiming to make another historic strike on the storied grounds.
Roustabouts take time off from their job in oil boom town

Life in the early Texas oil booms (photos)

This isn’t the first time oil has gushed from Texas wells at a record rate and sent towns around state the state into an economic boom. See how life in Texas changed in towns like Kilgore, Freer and elsewhere after the Texas oil explosion:
Harvey Howell, president of H.H. Howell, Inc., an oil and gas exploration company in San Antonio, calls to check the status of the arrival of a drilling rig at his site in Frio County. The third generation wildcatter was investing $1.3 million in the drilling operation, marked by the stake in the foreground. He calculated his odds at finding oil at 10-1 against.

Wildcatter bets big on Eagle Ford’s fringe

Wildcatter Harvey Howell hunts and hopes for elusive reserves on the edge of the booming Eagle Ford shale, without the 3-D seismic imaging and billion-dollar budgets of major oil companies drilling nearby.
Brian Kalinec, a geophycisist on the team planning to drill for oil at Spindletop, shows a prospective investor seismic data from the historic oil field at the Winter NAPE Expo. (Emily Pickrell)

Spindletop team courts buyers for historic revival

The team of oilmen hoping to strike it rich at Spindletop spent Thursday meeting would-be investors at the NAPE convention in Houston and explaining why they believe there is yet more money to be made under the historic oil field.
One well struck oil at Spindletop in 1901. Two years later, the hill was covered with derricks. Now a new group wants to drill even deeper.

Oilmen hope to make new history at Spindletop

The name evokes an oil discovery that made history. When a well piercing the salt dome near Beaumont first gushed in 1901, it introduced a cheap supply of commercial energy that transformed the oil industry and American life.