Original 1892 Gladys City map donated to LU

A piece of history came home this week when Kit Herrington of Corsicana delivered an original map of Gladys City as envisioned by entrepreneur Pattillo Higgins to Lamar University, home of the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum. 

The map, printed in 1892, was used by Higgins to sell lots that helped finance the first drilling effort at Spindletop Hill. That effort, and several subsequent efforts, failed. While Higgins’ vision as presented in the map was never realized, he is credited with recognizing the potential for oil and starting the process that changed history on January 10, 1901 when the Lucas Gusher came in.

“It’s a treasure, it really is,” said Ellen Rienstra, who accepted the map on the university’s behalf. A sixth-generation Southeast Texan, lifelong resident of Beaumont and LU alumna, Rienstra is co-author of “Giant Under the Hill: A History of the Spindletop Oil Discovery at Beaumont, Texas, in 1901” and “The Long Shadow: The Lutcher-Stark Lumber Dynasty,” and other works of history.

 

 

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