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Spindletop Park -- the Location Where the Lucas Well Gushed

Note gunbarrel behind park sign. The oil and salt water that comes out of the ground with it are put in the gunbarrel where the oil and water separate. The oil floats to the top or the water sinks to the bottom, however you like to think of it.

Though the Lucas Gusher was actually located here there's no plaque, no small monument, no flag no marker of any sort to indicate this. There's not even a sign on the main road showing where to turn off to reach this remote place.

A mile and a half north of here, at the museum, they make a big deal of the gusher that created Beaumont, made Texas "the oil state" and the U.S. the oil capital of the world but they seem to completely ignore the actual site of the world famous gusher. Well, they named the park Spindletop. But, Spindletop was the giant oil field that developed from gusher. They didn't name it Lucas park or something that indicates it's the famous place.

This is all completely baffling to me.

It had rained a day or so ago (see water in ditch behind sign) and I was wearing sandals, so I must confess I didn't walk across the squishy ground to see if one of the old pumpers had something on the far side of it.

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  • Uploaded on April 15, 2013
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