The Hair family of Beaumont (from left to right) Rebekah, 8, Tommy, Samuel, 2, Karen and Adam, 6, watch an aquatic re-enactment of the 1901 gusher at the Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum in Beaumont on Saturday, August 5, 2006.
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Visitors scramble away from the spraying water during an aquatic re-enactment of the gusher at the Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum. On January 10, 1901, the Spindletop well became the first recorded gusher and marked the birth of the modern petroleum industry.
Camden Brown, 6, of Nederland (left) and John Alexander, 6, of Beaumont play in the water during a re-enactment of the 1901 gusher at the Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum. Six wells drilled nearby within three months of Spindletop's gusher produced more oil per day than all other wells in the world combined.