The East Texas field was a unique occurrence — discovered and developed during troubled times; destined to play an important part in world history. It created a watershed for the oil and gas industry. Much has been written about the people involved, their actions, and the events that occurred. Special recognition and thanks goes to James A. Clark and Michel T. Halbouty, coauthors of The Last Boom, and H. J. Gruy, author of Thirty Years of Production in the East Texas Field. Information from these works has been freely used for this study.
Major oil companies had condemned and written off the area. Petroleum geology and especially geophysics were still young sciences. Migration through porous strata was accepted and structural traps such as anticlines, faults, salt domes, and even noses were thought to be required to have hydrocarbon accumulations. There had been Woodbine production from the Mexia, Wortham, and Powell fields and other fault line traps across northeast Texas extending into Arkansas and Louisiana.