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Humble was originally established as a sawmill town along the Houston East & West Texas Railway in 1886. It was named for Pleasant Smith Humble, the town's first US postmaster. Humble became a boomtown overnight when oil was discovered in 1904. Humble and neighboring Moonshine Hill became places where million-dollar fortunes were made and lost. In 1911, the Humble Oil Company was founded by Ross Sterling and other men from the Humble oil fields. Sterling went on to become governor of Texas in 1931. The Humble Oil Company became one of the dominant oil companies in the world, eventually becoming Exxon in 1972.
ISBN: 9781467131001
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 231
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Houston native Dr. Robert Meaux, a local genealogist and historian, works for the Humble Independent School District. He has strong family ties to the area, as both of his parents were raised in Humble. Dr. Meaux has worked with the staff of the Humble Museum in researching land records, newspapers, personal stories, and other resources stored in various archives across Texas. Images of America: Humble tells the history of Humble's citizens, churches, schools, and businesses through images donated by local families to the Humble Museum's collection and other local photograph archives.
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