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High Island Oil

(Galveston Daily News, January 23, 1901)

High Island, Jan. 22--Known For Years That There Were Valuable Deposits There Of Some Character---Light and Heat Gas---Has Been Used For Six Years---Central Point for Future Successful Production--In Texas Coast Country---This is The Belief of Some of The Prospectors Who Have Visited The Gladys City Well.

In the mad rush for oil in the vicinity of Beaumont and the ridge lands south of there, a point fully as inviting for prospecting near Galveston has not yet come in for its share of attention. High Island, a little more than half way between Sabine and Galveston, has all the characteristics of the Gladys City field, except that the indications are more intense. For years, the mineral wells at High Island have had their fame abroad, though there has been little local attention given them. The sulphur wells at that place are said to be only 44 feet deep, yet the 4-inch pipe through which the water comes up to within 12 feet of the surface receives and transmits, through smaller pipes, to an iron reservoir, sufficient gas for use in lighting and heating apartments for a family. This has been in use in the capacity for six years. George E. Smith...and Taylor Cade, proprietor of the Sea View House at High Island, own much of the high lands in that locality. Smith owns the mineral wells in question, and he has believed for years that vast quantities of oil underlie his holdings.

If the theory advanced by many visitors to the Gladys City geyser, near Beaumont, that the high ridge lands in the country south of the latter place, are the sites of the great oil deposits underneath, then High Island is the centnral point for future oil production in the coast country, and the locality is sufficiently close to Galveston to give this city the advantages of cheap light and fuel, and this port the attendant beneficial consequences of commerce and industrial opportunities growing out of the handling of oil, its exportation, and its shipment to the interior. If High Island is an oil-bearing locality, Galveston is its outlet; that means much for Galveston. (Compiled by W. T. Block)

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