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The Oil Boom in Gladewater
Gladewater, Texas

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Oil wells by US 80 in Gladewater, Texas
"The Four Lane Highway U.S. 80 Showing Oil Wells
Gladewater, Texas" 1940
Oil wells and business section in Gladewater, Texas
"Bird's-eye view of oil wells and part of business section.
Gladewater, Texas"
Hanlon-Buchanan Plant, Gladewater, Texas
"Hanlon-Buchanan Plant, Gladewater, Texas"
"On April 7, 1931, the first Gladewater oil well blew in. It was located one mile outside town in the Sabine River bottom. Oil production led to a population increase during the 1930s from about 500 persons to around 8,000. In 1940, after the oil boom, Gladewater had a population of 4,454. ... Between 1940 and 1960 the population grew to 5,742. ... During the 1970s Gladewater moved from an oil-oriented to a more diversified economy, primarily because of depletion of oil resources in the area." - Handbook of Texas Online
http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/GG/hfg5.html
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