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The Texas boom opens with a six ton bang at a place called Spindletop.
The influx of conmen and hucksters had become so prolific that locals had taken to calling the place “Swindletop.” Credit: Texas State Library
The Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company
The Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan had constructed the Taj Mahal for the Empress of India. Pattillo Higgins would build an entire city of oil for a woman he met at Sunday bible study. Credit: Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum
The final resting place of the "Prophet of Spindletop," Mission Burial Park South, San Antonio, Texas.