University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the United North and South Development Company Album, ca. 1935



Descriptive Summary

Creator: United North and South Development Company
Title United North and South Development Company Album
Dates: ca. 1935
Extent 1 in. (1 album containing 12 gelatin silver prints)
Language English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The United North and South Oil Company was an oil development company incorporated by Edgar Byram Davis in 1921 that brought in the first significant oil production in the Edwards lime formation. A deeply religious man, Davis believed that he was directed by God to come to Texas to deliver the town of Luling and Caldwell County from the cotton industry that dominated the area economy. He believed he would do this by finding oil, though geologists believed there was none there. After his brother Oscar Davis died, Edgar Davis purchased Caldwell County oil leases from his estate. The first six wells were dry, and United North and South was heavily in debt, but the seventh, Rafael Rios No. 1, gushed in on August 9, 1922. By December 1924 the Luling Oilfield was producing 43,000 barrels of oil daily. On June 11, 1926, Davis sold his leases to the Magnolia Petroleum Company for $12 million, possibly the biggest oil deal in Texas up to that time.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “Davis, Edgar Byram,” http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/DD/fda36.html (accessed September 18, 2009).


Scope and Contents

Album includes 12 gelatin silver prints depicting employees, drilling activities, and oil wells of the United North and South Development Company of Luling, Texas.


Restrictions

Unrestricted access.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wheat, Calvin
Subjects (Organizations)
United North and South Development Company—Archives.
Subjects
Petroleum industry and trade.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

United North and South Development Company Album, ca. 1935, the Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory:

box
3Y22 Photograph album [Click for images]