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Texas Firsts

Texas' first town has a rich history that includes the state's introduction to forward-thinking technological innovations, including:

  • First Ceiling Fans In a downtown drugstore, fan blades turned by a mule drawn treadmill outside
  • First Oil Well Drilled in 1866 in Nacogdoches County
  • First Oil Field Located near Oil Springs in Nacogdoches County
  • First Pipeline Delivered oil from well sites to storage tanks
  • First Steel Storage Tanks Oil Springs in Nacogdoches County
  • First Two-Story Building Old Stone House, circa 1779
  • First Newspaper Set type in 1813
  • First Wine Cellar Found in the Sterne-Hoya Home
  • First District Court Session Held in the Old Stone Fort