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ACE FT 09 | Spindletop Field Trip

Houston Geological Society (HGS)

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 7:45 a.m.–6:30 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas, United States

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Who Should Attend

Geologists, geoscientists and anyone interested in exploring the site, the history, geology and vision of those who dared to drill "The Lucas Gusher," the oil discovery on Spindletop Hill that changed the economy of Texas and helped to usher in the petroleum age.


To relive the early history, the geology and story of the most significant discovery in the history of oil industry in Texas by visiting the Texas Energy Museum, the Gladys-City Spindletop Boomtown and the actual site of the Lucas Gusher

About Field Trip

The Spindletop trip takes participants to the site of the “Lucas Gusher,” where on January 10th, 1901 in Beaumont, Texas, 100,000 barrels per day gushed from a salt dome formation. This discovery changed the economy of Texas and helped to usher in the modern petroleum age. The first six gushers in the Spindletop field produced more oil per day than the combined production of all the other producing fields in the world. The Lucas geyser, found at a depth of 1,139 feet, blew a stream of oil over 100 feet high until it was capped nine days later. Lucas and the Hamills finally controlled the geyser on January 19, when a huge pool of oil surrounded it. By that time, throngs of oilmen, speculators, and onlookers had already transformed the city of Beaumont. A new age was born.

The trip will begin with a chartered bus picking up the attendees at 8 a.m. Thursday morning from the George R. Brown Convention Center, providing a guidebook that describes the day’s tour, and then heading for our first stop at the Texas Energy Museum in Beaumont, Texas. The focus at the museum will be on the early history of the Texas oil industry, and we will hear early drillers, Lucas and Patillo, talk through demonstrations on reconstructed wooden oil derricks.

The bus will then travel to the reconstructed Gladys City Boomtown in Beaumont, located on the Lamar University Campus, where we will relieve history by exploring some of the fifteen replica buildings filled with objects from the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries that depict life during the first Spindletop oil boom. Field trip attendees will even be able to experience the “blowing of the gusher” by the eruption of the Lucas well replica. We will have lunch at the Gladys City Saloon, and we will learn about the history and geology of Spindletop and tour the reconstructed town as it would have existed in 1901. We will hear a Spindletop author and local historian from Lamar University talk about Spindletop and answer questions. There will also be a discussion on the geology and viewing of seismic across the salt dome. Past and present exploration of the Spindletop area will presented. After the informative museum visit, the bus will take us to the site of the Lucas Gusher discovery well. Then we head back onto the bus for the return trip to George R. Brown Convention Center.


Stop 1

Arrive at Texas Energy Museum, Beaumont, depart at 11:15 a.m.

Stop 2

11:45 a.m. - Arrive at Gladys-City Spindletop Museum. Eat lunch. Tour recreated period city and listen to lectures on history, wildcatters, geology and 3-D geophysics of Spindletop. Author signing of “Giant Under the Hill: A History of Spindletop” at 3 p.m. View re-enactment of Lucas Gusher blowout. Leave for well site at 3:15 p.m.

Stop 3

3:30 p.m. Arrive at Spindletop Park and view well site of Lucas Gusher. Learn more of geology of Spindletop Oil Field. Depart for Houston at 4 p.m.


Professionals/Students: $150 (Students Sold Out - Students spots have been filled)

Applicable Credits: CEU 8

Limit: 22 people

Includes: Ground transportation, lunch, entry fees, refreshments and guidebook

Notes: Temperatures can range from 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit during this time period. Please wear comfortable clothing. Watch weather reports and bring umbrella or poncho if needed. Some light activity outdoors so wear hat or sun screen if needed.


Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000
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Important Notes Regarding Field Trips

  • Field trips are limited in size and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and must be accompanied by full payment.
  • If you do not plan on attending the convention, a US $30 enrollment fee will be added to the field trip fee. This fee may be applied toward registration if you decide to attend the convention at a later date.
  • A wait list is automatically created if a field trip sells out. The AAPG Convention Department will notify you if space becomes available.
  • Before purchasing non-refundable airline tickets, confirm that the trip will take place, as trips may be canceled if under-subscribed.
  • Please register well before 23 February. Field trip cancellation due to low enrollment will be considered at this time. No refunds will be allowed on field trips after this date.
  • We will continue to take registrations for field trips not canceled until they are either sold out or closed.
  • It is important that you note your gender when registering for hotel room assignments.
  • Prior to the field trip you will receive an itinerary with details of meeting points, transportation with the trip phone numbers and email addresses of hotels and trip leaders, etc.
  • Proper clothing and supplies are needed for the outdoors (hat, windbreaker, sturdy footwear and rucksack).
  • Depending on location, temperatures can range from 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit with or without rain. Participants are advised to check local weather forecasts for latest updates.
  • Insect repellent and sun protection (sunscreen and hats) are recommended.
  • AAPG, the sponsoring organizations nor field trip leaders and their employers maintain insurance covering illness or injury for individuals.


There are a limited number of discounted registrations available for students on a first-come, first-served basis. If a discounted space is still available, it will show up during the online registration process. If discounted spots are no longer available, you may register at the full fee; if we are able to add additional discounted spots we will refund the difference at that time.

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