Black Diamonds! Black Gold!

Black Diamonds! Black Gold!

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Texas, they say, is so rich you can pull money right out of the ground. It must be true, because in a West Texas town called Thurber, the Texas Pacific Coal a Oil Company. grew rich digging coal, drilling oil, and making bricks from the clay soil. The Texas Pacific Co., or TP, as it was known at the beginning, was born in 1888 just seventy-five miles west of Fort Worth and took its name from its only customer, Texas Pacific Railroad. Employing mostly immigrant workers in the coal mines, the company prospered, creating a towna€”eventually called Thurbera€”and adding a brick works in 1894. For several years Thurber rivaled Fort Worth as the largest population and cultural center of the region. The discovery of the famous Ranger oil field in 1917 by a TP employee began not only a whole new chapter in the development and expansion of the company, but also in the growth of Texas.Through photographs, newspaper articles, company archives, and oral recollections, Woodard gives the reader a glimpse of the life and times of the people and events that shaped the socioeconomic growth of the region. The latter part of the book offers a tantalizing glimpse of the posta€“World War II development of Fort Worth, including the political maneuverings of the last chairman of the company, H. B. Fuqua. Oil money, cattle barons, politicosa€”the history of Texas Pacific Coal and Oil is a story not only about a company, but also of the people whose dreams and actions moved a fortune from the dusty ground of the prairie into the new bustling frontier economy that created twentieth-century Texas.about five hundred men, using interpreters to reach those who did not understand English. ... told to do so by District President Pete Hanraty.13 W. K. Gordona#39;s reaction to the strike was recorded in the Fort Worth ... The miners have demanded $1.35 a ton straight and an increase in the wages of other employees, the whole amounting to about 33 per cent advance. ... If we were to ask the railroad people to share this advance with us, even to bear one- fourth of it, they would laugh at us, anbsp;...

Title:Black Diamonds! Black Gold!
Author:Don Woodard
Publisher:Texas Tech University Press - 1998


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