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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Traces of Texas on Facebook

Some of you may be Facebook subscribers.  If you are, you may want to follow Traces of Texas, which is a gold mine of old photographs from across the state.  

Here's a photo posted recently.  It shows a mud pit fire near Friendswood in 1938.  The fellow in the dark vest and trousers is John Butler.  The other two men weren't identified, but a fellow who commented on the photo explained what the fire was all about.

It was a control burn of the first 'liquid' to come out of the well.  It was poor-quality, contaminated petroleum, so the driller sluiced it into the mud pit, where it was burned off.  No way he could get away with that nowadays.

It's a pretty good photo for several reasons.