Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Spindletop Unwound: A True Story of Greed, Ambition and Murder in the First Degree” as Want to Read:
Spindletop Unwound: A True Story of Greed, Ambition and Murder in the First Degree
Through a Mexican land grant in 1834, William Humphries obtained a parcel of land near Beaumont, Texas. Although his purported heirs claim that land was never sold, in 1883, through a strange set of circumstances, W.P.H. McFaddin became the landowner of record. At the turn of the century Captain Anthony Lucas, an immigrant from Austria, leased the land and on January 10, 1 ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published July 15th 1997 by Taylor Trade Publishing
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-10 of 10)
The Lucas Gusher at Spindletop, January 10, 1901, made Texas an oil state. Spindletop attracted big names and big money. The Mellon family invested over five million. Oil giants Gulf and Texaco started at Spindletop. Howard Hughes Sr. began his billion dollar oil-tool dynasty after drilling at Spindletop! This is the most informative book on the area i've ever read! It explains the land grants from Mexico and how the spelling of a name can change everything!