Founded in 1934, the Dallas Petroleum Club witnessed the city becoming a financial center for the Texas petroleum industry.

 

The Dallas Petroleum Club in 2014 celebrated its 80th anniversary, according to Nina P. Flournoy, who wrote a book about the milestone.

Dallas-based Flournoy’s The Lions Among Us: Celebrating 80 Years of The Dallas Petroleum Club describes how the club grew out of 1930s East Texas discoveries that ignited the Texas oil and natural gas industry. Founded in 1934, the club witnessed the city becoming a financial center for the Texas industry.

The club was organized just four years after Columbus Marion “Dad” Joiner had discovered the East Texas oilfield near Kilgore, about 120 miles to the east. Learn more about Joiner, “Doc ” Lloyd and Haroldson Lafayette Hunt in East Texas Oilfield Discovery.

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Texas Petroleum Club, recognized as a Distinguished Emerald Club of the World, includes the 39th and 40th floors of Chase Tower in downtown Dallas.

The handsome coffee table-size book features a center photo section chronicling the Dallas Petroleum Club from the 1930s to present.

“It’s also a fascinating pictorial history, tracking the evolution of Dallas oil’s social scene since the ‘30s,” said General Manager Paul Parchment.

Flournoy has been a long-time professor at Southern Methodist University and an award-winning reporter, editor, and contributor for many national and Dallas-based newspapers and magazines.

Recognized by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and by the Dallas Press Association for excellence in feature writing, she also received the Junior League of Dallas Community Service Award for investigative reporting. Flournoy has degrees from Louisiana State University and SMU. The Lions Among Us: Celebrating 80 Years of The Dallas Petroleum Club can be purchased at Dallas Petroleum Club.

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Citation Information – Article Title: “Dallas Petroleum Club History.” Author: Aoghs.org Editors. Website Name: American Oil & Gas Historical Society. URL: https://aoghs.org/oil-almanac/dallas-petroleum-club-history. Last Updated: January 27, 2020. Original Published Date: November 26, 2015.

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