Thomas D. Barrow, 2005. "The East Texas Field and Prudhoe Bay: Humble’s Role in their Discovery", Discoverers of the 20th Century: Perfecting the Search, Charles A. Sternbach, Marlan W. Downey, Gerald M. Friedman
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The 2002 AAPG convention in Houston presented papers on the two largest oil fields within the United States: The East Texas field and Prudhoe Bay. Although these two fields were discovered almost 40 years apart and in vastly different parts of the United States, I was closely associated with both in a very unique manner.
In 1928, my father, the late L. T. Barrow, who was then the District Geologist in San Antonio for the Humble Oil & Refining Company, was assigned to make a surface geologic map of Rusk County because of Wallace Pratt’s recognition that a Woodbine pinch-out occurred on the west flank of the Sabine uplift. In early 1929, he was promoted to Chief Geologist of the Humble Oil & Refining Company in charge of the Geologic, Land, and Scouting Department under the supervision of Wallace Pratt. As such, he actively supervised Humble’s land acquisitions in East Texas both prior to and subsequent to the Joiner well and its discovery of the East Texas field.
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