- This Week in Petroleum History July 21 – July 27
July 21, 1935 – “Diamond Glenn” McCarthy makes his First Oil Strike
Glenn H. McCarthy strikes oil in southeastern Texas in 1935, extending the Anahuac field three miles to the north.
The well, which produces 588 barrels of oil a day, is the first of many for a man who will become a colorful independent producer – and builder of Houston’s Shamrock Hotel. The hotel’s Emerald Room will rival Las Vegas with headliners like Frank Sinatra, Burns and Allen and Sophie Tucker.