Prior to 1924 there were six known salt domes in East Texas (Grand Saline, Steen, Brooks, Butler, Keechi, and Palestine domes). In 1924 M. A. Davey discovered the Boggy Creek dome, which promises to yield commercial production. There were discovered in East Texas in 1927, as a result of geological and seismograph work, nine domes (Bethel, Bullard, Oakwood, Whitehouse, East Tyler, Mt. Sylvan, La Rue, Troup, and Haynesville) and perhaps even a tenth (the Salmon prospect), as well as a probable “high” (Cronin structure). The first four mentioned of the discoveries in 1927 are shallow and have since found the salt depths ranging from 500 to 1,500 feet. It is thought that the East Tyler and Mt. Sylvan are also shallow domes. The depth to the salt at the La Rue, Haynesville, and Troup is not yet known, but they are thought to be deeper.
These newly discovered domes are briefly described in this paper which also contains a table showing the Eocene and Upper Cretaceous formations in East Texas. The stratigraphic position and lithologic character of the prospective producing sands are also described. Some theoretical considerations regarding the prospects of commercial production are discussed.