Hazardous Business
Industry, Regulation, and the Texas Railroad Commission
The Railroads Come to Texas
The Fight for the Commission
John H. Reagan and Early Regulation
The Oil Wars
The Power Years
Other Responsibilities
The Railroad Commission Today

Suggested Reading and Related Links


Childs, William R. The Transformation of the Railroad Commission of Texas, 1917-1940. Reprinted from Business History Review 65. The President and Fellows of Harvard College, 1991.

Gard, Wayne. The First 100 Years of Texas Oil & Gas. Dallas: Texas Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association, 1965.

Goodwyn, Lawrence. Texas Oil, American Dreams. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996.

Malavis, Nicholas George. Bless the Pure and Humble. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1996.

Prindle, David F. Petroleum and Politics: The Texas Railroad Commission. Center for Energy Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 1980.

Railroad Commission of Texas. Railroad Commission of Texas: The First Hundred Years, 1891-1991. Railroad Commission Centennial Committee, 1991.

Reed, S.G. A History of the Texas Railroads. Houston: St. Clair Publishing Company, 1941.

Rundell, Walter Jr. Early Texas Oil. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1977.

Spratt, John S. The Road to Spindletop. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1955, reprinted 1970.


Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms

The Great Locomotive Explosion

The Handbook of Texas - Railroads

The Marshall Depot

Oil History

OPEC, A Texas-Sized Idea

The Railroad Commission of Texas - Commission History

Two Centuries of Railroading



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