This is a photograph of the discovery of oil at Spindletop, Texas. This was the first major find of oil in the United States, and this well tripled the entire oil production capability of the United States overnight. The discovery was made on this day, January 10, in the year 1901. This cheap oil helped to fuel the incredible industrial expansion of the United Sates over the last 100 years. Texas oil production has been declining over the last several decades, and with increasing demand, the country has become dependent of foreign oil, which in many cases, comes from very unstable parts of the world. The time has really come to find better alternatives.