Spindletop Gusher 119 Years Ago

It was 119 years ago today the Spindletop Gusher erupted in Beaumont. The gusher blew

for nine days at a rate of 100,000 barrels a day. Gulf Oil and Texaco, now part of Chevron

Corporation, were formed. Spindletop was the largest gusher in the world and catapulted

Beaumont into an oil-fueled boomtown. Beaumont’s population of 10,000 tripled in three


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