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Mapping Interwar Oil & Gas in Texas and Louisiana -- rare and detailed map of the Gulf Coast oil industry.

Place/Date: Houston / 1933
$2,400.
Title: Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Region. Showing Oil & Gas Fields & Prospects, Pipe Lines, Refineries & Principal Highways [Special Supplement to THE OIL WEEKLY]
Technique
Printed
Dimensions
112 x 56 cm (44 x 22 in)
Identifier
NL-00740
Condition Rating
VG

Description

This exceptional map was published as a special supplement in the March 20th, 1933 edition of The Oil Weekly, a professional oil industry magazine published in Houston. Two decades after the first salt dome discovery at Spindletop in 1901, which ushered in the United States oil age, we see a widely developed and highly sophisticated Gulf Coast oil and gas industry.

The map spans the coast of Texas and Louisiana from the Rio Grande to New Orleans, inland to the Texan cities of Loredo, San Antonio, and Austin, and up the Mississippi River past Baton Rouge as far as Tallulah. It was prepared by a Gulf Coast Engineering Company geographer, who plots in extensive detail different types of oil and gas fields, as well as geological or geophysical oil field prospects throughout the region. Spindletop itself is of course shown in the southern portion of Beaumont, and the myriad oil pipelines passing through and around it attest to the importance of this field, the discovery of which proved to be the beginning of a dramatic period of change and economic growth sometimes referred to as the ‘Texas Oil Boom.’ Also called the ‘Gusher Age,’ this period lasted from 1901 to 1940s, and thus contemporary to our map.

With excellent design and precision, this map documents an important industrial sector that played a key role in the regional economy of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, and indeed the economy of the United States as a whole. A rare collectors’ item.

Cartographer(s)

Geo. M. Dougherty

The Oil Weekly

The Oil Weekly was a professional magazine published in Houston from 1918 to 1947. It covered all aspects of the petroleum industry, with articles and illustrated features designed for the professional oilman.

Condition Description

Moderate to heavy wear from use with minor soiling and defects. Short tear in bottom left corner.

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