Lucas Gusher, Spindletop Oil Field

3 mi. S of Beaumont on Spindletop Ave., Beaumont, Texas

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Description 

On January 10, 1901, at Spindletop, a little knoll of land rising out of a swampy prairie, the first great oil gusher roared in. Lucas Gusher signalled the opening of the vast oil deposits of the Texas Gulf coastal plain and Louisiana to development and the beginning of the modern era of the American petroleum industry. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 13, 1966

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 13, 1966
Reference number
66000818
Areas of significance
Industry; Science
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Extractive facility
Current function
Extractive facility
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1901; 1925