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
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