Roughnecks, Drillers, and Tool Pushers: Thirty-three Years in the Oil Fields by Gerald Lynch

Roughnecks, Drillers, and Tool Pushers: Thirty-three Years in the Oil Fields

byGerald Lynch

Paperback | January 1, 1991

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Oil, the black gold of Texas, has given rise to many a myth. Oil could turn a man overnight into a millionaire—and did, for some. But these myths have obscured what life was really like in the oil patch, a place that was neither the El Dorado of legend nor quite the unredeemed den of sin and iniquity that some feared.

In Roughnecks, Drillers, and Tool Pushers, Gerald Lynch provides a much-needed insider's view of the oil industry, describing life in various oil fields in and around Texas. He also chronicles changes in drilling methods and oil-field technology and how these changes affected him and his fellow oil-field workers. No one else has written a working-class history of the oil fields as colorful and articulate as this one.

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Title:Roughnecks, Drillers, and Tool Pushers: Thirty-three Years in the Oil FieldsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:278 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 1991Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292770529

ISBN - 13:9780292770522

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Bobby Weaver
  • Prologue
  • 1. Breaking In
  • 2. From Weevil to Top Hand
  • 3. My First Boom: Nigger Creek/Mexia
  • 4. The Bruner Boom in Luling
  • 5. The Free State
  • 6. The East Texas Depression
  • 7. Fading Depression, Fading Boom
  • 8. Hard Rock Drilling in Hobbs and Oklahoma City; Leaving East Texas
  • 9. Cayuga and Mabank, Then on to Illinois and a New World
  • 10. West Texas—S-H-K and Big Lake
  • 11. Back to Odessa, Still Drilling
  • 12. Pushing Tools: Starting, Then Becoming the Loner
  • 13. Kermit and New Mexico: The Exodus from Odessa
  • 14. The Tulk Field
  • 15. Andrews and the Maguetex
  • 16. Back to New Mexico: Wildcat at Clovis
  • 17. Wildcat at Grandfalls, Then on to Lovington, Sweetwater, and Lovington Again
  • 18. Winding Up
  • Epilogue
  • Glossary
  • Index