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Southeast Texas: Stories of the Century (1999)

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum

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  •  10: The story of athlete “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias 
  •  9: The James Committee investigation 
  •  8: Impact of the interstate highway system 
  •  The Rainbow Bridge 
  •  7: Lower Neches Valley Authority and the Sam Rayburn Reservoir 
  •  6: The invention of air-conditioning 
  •  The McFaddin-Ward House 
  •  5: The timber industry 
  •  4: Frank Yount discovers more oil in the flanks around Spindletop 
  •  3: How World War II shaped the region 
  •  2: Desegregation at Lamar University 
  •  Notable mentions 
  •  1: Discovery of oil at Spindletop 
 
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In this special feature for Beaumont’s KFDM-TV, reporter Tom Wright highlights ten major historical figures and events as they occurred in the southeast Texas region during the twentieth century. From the Spindletop oil discovery in 1901 to the story of athlete “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, the piece illuminates not just impactful local events but also major moments in US history, such as WWII and desegregation, detailing how they ultimately altered the southeast Texas region.
TFC
1990s
1990’s
20th Century
KFDM
Tom Wright
Wright, Tom
Beaumont
Jefferson County
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tv news
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broadcast
KFDM
KFDM-TV
KFDM News
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journalism
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Zaharias, Babe Didrikson
W. L. Pate
Pate, W. L.
Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias
“Babe” Didrikson Zaharias
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athletes
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James Committee
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prostitution
organized crime
gambling
Tom James
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The Dixie Hotel
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Laura O’Toole
O’Toole
Laura
Harlan Furry
Furry, Harlan
concrete
steel
highway
interstate highway
Rainbow Bridge
Lower Neches Valley Authority
Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Will Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick, Will
lake
fishing
recreation
Tommy Hebert
Herbert, Tommy
dam
reservoir
Orange
First Presbyterian Church
air conditioning
Art Adamson
Adamson, Art
McFaddin-Ward House
Bradley Brooks
Brooks, Bradley
lumber
timber
lumber industry
timber industry
Kirby Lumber Company
Jonathan Gerland
Gerland, Jonathan
David Baker
Baker, David
Big Thicket National Preserve
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Civilian Conservation Corps
Spindletop
Miles Frank Yount
Yount, Miles Frank
Yount-Lee Oil Company
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Ryan Smith
Smith, Ryan
Harry Phelan
Phelan, Harry
John Henry Phelan
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Herb Stafford
Stafford, Herb
Mary Stafford
Stafford, Mary
Texaco
Herbert Stafford
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Port Arthur
Lamar University
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Theodore Johns
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Lucas Gusher Monument
Theo Johns
Johns, Theo
civil rights
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racial prejudice
racial discrimination
college
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integration
Silsbee
Hardin County
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Darrell Shine
Shine, Darrell
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum