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Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Moonshine Hill

Moonshine Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, January 28, 2013
1. Moonshine Hill Marker
Inscription.  Early reports of natural gas seepages in this area were not uncommon in the late 19th century. James Slaughter noticed such natural occurences near the San Jacinto River in 1887. Several years later, with S. A. Hart, he set up a drilling operation in the area, but it proved unsuccessful. Charles Barrett, a former Huston merchant, also drilled wells here, but found the results limited. In 1904, the Higgins Oil Company brought in a major gas well and the following year, the first successful oil well was drilled.

This area, known as the Moonshine Hill section of the great Humble oil field, became the site of a boom town. Within months of the 1905 discovery, the population of the Moonshine Hill settlement increased to 10,000. Early operations associated with the site included the Moonshine Oil Company of Walter Sharp, Ed Prather, and Howard R. Hughes.

Although tents comprised most of the early structures, Moonshine Hill eventually included a church, school, postal station, stores, hotels, and saloons. Despite three separate boom eras, the last occurring in 1929, Moonshine Hill declined as a community. Its brief existence, however,
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Photographed By Jim Evans, January 28, 2013
2. Moonshine Hill Marker
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had a dramatic impact on the economic development of Humble and Houston.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10733.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 29° 59.971′ N, 95° 14.03′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 1960, 0.3 miles east of Moonshine Hill Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Humble TX 77338, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lambrecht's Artesian Well (approx. 1.4 miles away); Humble Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Joseph Dunman (approx. 1½ miles away); First United Methodist Church of Humble (approx. 1½ miles away); Humble Independent School District (approx. 1.6 miles away); Trees of Knowledge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Humble Lodge No. 979, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 1.8 miles away); Pangburn Building (approx. 1.8 miles away).
More about this marker. Be careful, this is a heavily trafficked highway. Approach the marker from the east. There's a small pull-off immediately past the marker.
Regarding Moonshine Hill. Humble Oil and Refining Company which later marked gasoline as Esso and Enco then merged with Standard Oil of New Jersey and became Exxon began in Humble, Texas
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and Moonshine Hill was part of it's original oil fields.
Also see . . .  Moonshine Hill in The Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on January 29, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,550 times since then and 544 times this year. Last updated on September 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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