Humble oil fields
AuthorSchlueter, Frank J.
The Humble oil fields in Houston, Texas in 1916.
Humble became a boomtown in 1904, when oil was discovered nearby and the town site was laid out. By the time the Lone Star Hotel was built and thirty wells were completed several months later, 10,000 people lived in the area, and by 1905 the Humble oilfield was the largest producing field in Texas. In 1911, a group of the oil field operators, including Ross S. Sterling, later (1931-33) governor of Texas, incorporated a new oil company named for the field. The Humble Oil Company. In 1960, Jersey Standard gained full control of Humble Oil and Refining Co. and, through a reorganization of the company, restructured Humble into Jersey's domestic marketing and refining division to sell and market gasoline nationwide under the Esso, Enco and Humble brands. In order to create a unified brand, the company changed its corporate name from Jersey Standard to Exxon in the summer and fall of 1972. Known as the greatest salt dome field, Humble still produces and the town for which it was named continued to thrive. (From Handbook of Texas Online; Humble, Texas website; and Wikipedia)