Roughnecks, Drillers, and Tool Pushers

9780292770522: Paperback
Release Date: 1st January 1991

10 halftones, 2 line drawings, 3 maps

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 278

Series Personal Narratives of the West

University of Texas Press

Roughnecks, Drillers, and Tool Pushers

Thirty-three Years in the Oil Fields

Paperback / £24.99

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.

Introduction by Bobby Weaver
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