Crude Oil

“Richest Shallow Sand Pool Ever Found in Texas, Local Farmers and Fellow Residents Became Millionaires Overnight”

A July 1918 oil discovery on a small farm along the Red River in Texas launched a drilling boom that brought great prosperity to North Texas.

Less than one year later, a well on another farm added 27 square miles to the oilfield. This was the beginning that attracted even more drillers, investors, and even Hollywood to Wichita County. The subsequent exploration frenzy arrived two decades before “Boom-Town,” the popular 1940 MGM movie they inspired.