• Daily Deals
  • Sell
  • Customer Support
  • Shop Deals

Bidding has ended on this item.

Ships to:
Visit store:
Ships to:

Details about  Oil Struck in Texas! 1901 SPINDLETOP Gusher Beaumont, TX Newspaper COLLECTBLE

See original listing
Oil Struck in Texas! 1901 SPINDLETOP Gusher Beaumont, TX Newspaper COLLECTBLE
Item Ended
Item condition:
Jul 27, 2012 09:07:24 PDT
Starting bid:
US $9,999.99
0 bids ]
FREE Expedited Shipping | See details
Item location:
Williamsport, PA, United States


eBay item number:
Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.

Item specifics

Used: An item that has been used previously. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of ... Read moreabout the condition
Item Number:



Authentic newspaper, historic events,oil industry

Oil Struck in Texas! 1901 SPINDLETOP Gusher Beaumont, TX Newspaper COLLECTBLE
(Note: additional images are located below the description)
Shown is an original & historic old newspaper, offered to enhance your collectible interest: THE HOUSTON DAILY POST, Texas, January 11, 1901

If ever there was a single newspaper which heralded the birth of the oil industry in America, this is it!

Although discoveries were made in various locations long before this date, this discovery--to be known as Spindletop--marked the emergence of the oil industry at a time when the automobile and other industries were experiencing rapid growth, coinciding with the need for this new product.

If you or your family have ties to the early oil industry, this one-of-a-kind collectible heralding the onset of this national/world impacting find cannot be overstated.

The discovery of oil in Beaumont, Texas, was the beginning of the oil industry in Texas. When the well struck on January 10, 1901 it would gusher uncontrollably for 8 days before being capped. This newspaper reports that very "discovery" with page 3 heads:

"OIL STRUCK NEAR BEAUMONT" "A Stream of Petroleum Shot Into the Air for a Hundred Feet" "Prospector Who Has Been at Work for Two Years Has His Faith Rewarded--The Flow Is Estimated at 5000 Barrels Per Day". See the photos for the full report. As noted by Wikipedia,the January 10 discovery at Spindletop marked the birth date of the modern petroleum industry. At 100,000 barrels of oil a day, the gusher tripled U.S. oil production overnight. Some of the companies chartered to exploit the wealth of Spindletop, such as Gulf Oil and Texaco, are part of today's Chevron Corporation. Below is an account of the discovery as it was happening before being capped over a week later: "January 1, 1901, we were back on the job. In the following seven days we made 140 feet of hold, making a total of 1,020 feet. There we seemed to hit a crevice. In letting pipe down in one place, it would go at least six inches farther than it would by giving the pipe a quarter turn. In rotating, our pipe would hang up and jerk the rotary chain to pieces. We kept grinding away without making any headway. ". . . We put the new bit (fishtail) on, and had about 700 feet of the drill pipe back in the hole when the rotary mud began flow up through the rotary table. It came so fast and with such force that Curt, who was up on the double boards, was drenched with mud and water and had a hard time getting out of danger. "Soon the 4-inch drill pipe started up through the derrick, knocking off the crown block and shooting through the top of the derrick and breaking off in lengths of several joints at a time as it shot skyward. After the mud, water, and pipe were blown out, gas followed, but only for a short time. Then the well was very quiet. We ventured back, after our wild scramble for safety, to find things in a terrible mess. There were at least six inches of mud on the derrick floor, and our equipment had suffered some damage. Naturally, we were all disgusted. We started shoveling the mud away-when, without warning, a lot of heavy mud shot out of the well with the report of a cannon. It was followed for a short time with gas, then oil showed up on head flows. In a very short time oil was going up through the top of the derricks, and rocks were being shot hundreds of feet into the air. Within a very few minutes, the oil was holding a steady flow at more than twice the height of the derrick. As soon as I pulled myself together, Peck Byrd was again started on the run for Captain Lucas. It was not long until we saw Captain Lucas coming over the small hill with his horse at full run. About this time he decided his horse was too slow, so he jumped from the buggy, picked himself up, and ran up to me shouting: 'Al! Al What is it?' When I told him 'oil', he exclaimed: 'Thank God,' and grabbed me and hugged me good and hard." At that moment a new epoch was born in the oil industry, and the name of Captain Anthony Francis Lucas was immortalized! While the tremendous gas pressure and volume of oil were running wild, and the well was blowing 200-odd feet into the air and pouring an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil onto the ground, the country as a whole became electrified. Fifty thousand people descended upon Beaumont to see the wonder, the shooting oil of Spindletop, four miles away. The Lucas well was heard 'round the world'. The well went wild, and for full ten days shot oil into the air, making a lake of about 100 acres. This discovery of oil led to the development of a big oil field, which later became known as Spindletop. It has produced over fifty million barrels of oil, and is still producing." This is the complete 14 page newspaper. Lightly browned with some little edge tears and is somewhat fragile as would be expected of a newspaper of this vintage.A bit irregular at the spine. Should be handled with care. The landmark newspaper on the birth of the modern oil industry, and terrific to have in a Houston newspaper.

Although only marginally related to this issue, please enjoy the following videos which contain oil drilling footage:

An informative video regarding the rare newspapers hobby
is shown at the bottom of the listing!


Please Note: All of our offerings are 100% authentic! We do not offer reprints or reproductions of any kind. They are guaranteed to be original!
See below the photo for additional information related to Shipping, our Return Policy,
Premium Packaging, Certificates of Authenticity, and other offerings by
Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers.

  The following video provides additional information 
  about collecting rare newspapers:

Shipping Policy...
  1. A U.S. winner pays $0.00 S&H. Combined shipping is available for additional eBay items won (within a 7 day period) for only $1.00 per item (excluding bound volumes) provided the items are paid for simultaneously.
  2. All U.S. orders include insurance and are guaranteed (at no additional cost to the buyer).
  3. All U.S. bound orders include delivery confirmation (if sent by USPS) and/or tracking (if sent by UPS).
  4. Expedited shipping is available for all orders upon request. Every effort is made to ship all orders within 24 business hours of receiving payment.
  5. Some items may be shipped 1st Class, especially if they are small.  We will still provide tracking and insure them at our expense.
Combined Shipping Notice
If the automated eBay checkout process does not properly combine shipping according to our stated shipping policy, please contact us to obtain a revised invoice. Thank you.
International S&H Policy...
  1. Upon purchasing, international winners should contact us for an invoice which includes S&H to their location.
  2. Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying.  Note:  We will not falsify customs declarations or mark an item as "gift" in order to avoid customs fees.
  3. If insurance is desired, be in touch for a quote.  All insured orders are subject to customs, duties, & taxes for the amount insured and are subject to item 2 above.
  4. Large and/or brittle issues must be shipped flat and are required to be shipped by Priority Mail International (PMI), often at a weight of 3 pounds or more - quite expensive.  Please contact us for a pre-purchase/pre-bidding S&H quote if you are concerned about the potential S&H cost.
  5. International purchasers are encouraged to take advantage of our combined shipping policy to lower the cost per item S&H.
Premium Packaging...
... which includes the item being shipped in an acid-free storage folder, is available for an additional $9.00. If desired, purchase this directly (through eBay) at: Archival Storage Folder. Again, to insure you will receive the appropriately sized folder for your item, please select the $9.00 folder option.
Certificate of Authenticity...
A certificate of authenticity is also available for an additional $3.00, which includes both the issue date and title, and certifies, by Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers, the issue to be authentic & original.  If desired, purchase this directly (through eBay) at:   Certificate of Authenticity.
About Us... Contact Information...

We have been dealers in rare newspapers for over 36 years, currently serve as a consultant to the Freedom Forum Newseum , and are members of the American Antiquarian Society. Bid with confidence knowing that every item we offer is guaranteed to be absolutely genuine.

View My Other eBay Offerings

More Information About Us

Timothy Hughes Rare Newspapers
P.O. Box 3636
Williamsport, PA 17701-8636

E-mail: contact us via eBay messages
Telephone: 570-326-1045
FAX: 570-326-7606

Hours:  M-F, 7:30-4:00 EST


If the winner would like to have either the Premium Packaging with an $9.00 folder or the $3.00 Certificate included with their issue, please purchase these directly through eBay using the links provided. These items are also available through our cross-promoted items and through our eBay store.

Note:  In an effort to honor eBay's policies and our loyal customers who watch our listings,
we do not end auction items early - off eBay.  We hope you understand!


Questions and answers about this item

No questions or answers have been posted about this item.


Place bid

Time left:
Current bid:
(Approximately ##1##)
Import charges:
Your max bid:
Your max bid:
By clicking Confirm bid, you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder.
By clicking Confirm bid, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount.
Resume bidding, if the page does not update immediately.
Place bid
Review and confirm your bid
Bid confirmation
FREE shipping
See item description
(Approximately ##1##)
(Enter ##1## or more)
(Enter more than ##1##)
Your max bid:
Increase max bid
Place bid
Confirm bid
Increase max bid
Change bid
, you've been outbid. Don't let it get away - bid again!
, you're the highest bidder on this item. Hope you win it!
, you're the first bidder. Hope you win!
, you're currently the high bidder, but you're close to getting outbid.
, this auction is almost over and you're currently the high bidder.
, you're the high bidder, but the reserve price hasn't been met.
Please enter your bid again.
Please enter a valid number as the bid price.
Enter an amount that is equal or greater than the minimum bid required. This can be found under the bid entry box.
Maximum bids can't be lowered once they're submitted.
This seller requires the buyer to have a PayPal account to purchase this item. Get a PayPal account here .
Your bid is greater than or equal to the Buy It Now price. We recommend you purchase this item via Buy It Now. If you still wish to bid, you may do so below.
Time left:
Current bid:
(approximately ##1##)
Your maximum bid:
(approximately ##1##)
Increase your maximum bid:
By clicking 1 Click Bid, you commit to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. Learn moreabout 1-click bid - opens in a new window or tab
(approximately ##1##)
Winning bid:
Starting bid:
Congrats! The auction has ended and you're the winner.
The auction has ended, but the reserve price was not met.
Sorry, the auction has ended and you were outbid.
Good news, you're the high bidder.
Sorry, you've been outbid.
You're the high bidder, but the reserve price is not met.
Please enter a higher amount than the current bid.
Maximum bids cannot be lowered once submitted.
Please enter a valid number.