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Empires of History: Wildcatters DVD

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001

Meet the 20th-century prospectors who made and lost fortunes searching Texas for black gold.



Like the gold rush prospectors of an earlier generation, WILDCATTERS dreamed of wresting fortunes from the earth. But their target was oil, and their destination was Texas.

WILDCATTERS tells the rough-and-tumble story of oil exploration in the Lone Star State, starting at Spindletop. On this mound outside Beaumont, on the tenth day of the 20th century, a gusher was unleashed that sent oil spewing 100 feet up into the air for nine straight days! By the time it was brought under control, the landscape was flooded with petroleum and Texas was awash in a new breed of man. Part gambler, part geologist, a wildcatter risked everything to drill a hole in the ground in the hopes of becoming an instant millionaire. They turned sleepy hamlets into boomtowns, earned and lost fortunes, and enabled America's transformation into a nation of cars and drivers.

Filled with visits to legendary wells and the memories of former wildcatters, this is a fascinating look at a unique chapter in American history.

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