Historic Sour Lake
Steeped in history, Sour Lake began as a health resort
in the 1840s complete with a grand hotel and bath houses.
Sam Houston came several times to Sour Lake springs seeking relief
from his war wounds. His last trip was in June, 1863.
He died at his home in Huntsville on July 26, 1863.
The discovery of oil in 1902 would soon doom the grand
hotels and mineral baths.
The TTC Fee No. 3 on January8, 1903 would be the start of
the world oil giant Texaco.
The Sour Lake oilfield produced about 90,000,000 barrels
of oil up to 1948, when it was producing about 3,500 barrels daily and new
drilling was still underway.
Today the springs are gone but oil remains.
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