NOVEMBER 1, 1832

Stone, Ron
January 1984
Book of Texas Days;1984, p184
The article presents information on Lyne Barret, the man who drilled the first oil well in Texas. Barret was born on November 1, 1832, in Virginia. He signed a lease to drill a well there in October 1865. On December 20, 1865 he began using a steam-powered auger, and at 106 feet, he hit oil. The well produced ten barrels a day. He sought financing to drill other wells, but the big play was in Pennsylvania, and not many people believed there was much oil in Texas.


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