Over at Dad's Place - October, 1930
C. M. "Dad" Joiner was 70 years old, but still spry enough for a hustle, when he came to East Texas.
His rig consisted of rusty pipes, a sawmill boiler, old tires for fuel and an imaginative driller.
In September of 1929, driller Ed Laster reached the Woodbine sands of East Texas, with his Daisy Bradford No. 3 well. On October 3, a hoard of people gathered to watch him bring in the gusher they hoped would revive East Texas's economy.
It was a circus, complete with burgers, some moonshine, photographers and airplane rides. But the black gold did not cooperate.
It did so in its own time, though, showing up later in the evening after the crowds had gone.
What happened that day was a boon for the likes of H.L. Hunt and Humble Oil, as well as the floundering economy of East Texas. Not so much for Dad Joiner. But that's a long, strange tale.
This image provides a glimpse into the carnival atmosphere that enveloped October 3, 1930. Cars stacked on top of one another as far as the eye can see...their owners waiting to see if that one solitary derrick might open a new field and a new boom in Texas oil.
Print Number Seven in the C. A. Warner Memorial Series of Historic Texas Oil Field Images
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