Created eons ago, the geological formations called salt domes, found particularly along the Gulf Coast plains, were the basis for Texas’ petroleum industry. The domes trapped and housed the oil and natural gas that gave Texas some of its most productive fields and were responsible for driving speculators and drillers into oil exploration throughout Texas. One such salt dome produced the fabulous Lucas gusher known as Spindletop, which came in near Beaumont on January 10, 1901. The Spindletop gusher was so powerful that before it was capped it erupted more than 75,000 barrels a day for six to nine days.
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