OIL: Southeastern Boom

"If the Lord will keep His arm around me," said a Southern oil-lease broker a while back, "I'll produce oil in Georgia." Up to last week, Georgia was not yet an oil state—but it had begun to look as if the Lord had His arm around the whole southeastern U.S. Conservative oilmen are still talking conservatively, but even they admit that the Southeast is now enjoying the biggest oil-land boom since the 1930s.

Mississippi Mud. Heidelberg, a dirt-poor whistle stop (pop. 615) in the red-clay hills of Jasper County, Mississippi, is the proud site...

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