Following DeGolyer’s Footsteps

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The Dallas Arboretum will host a book signing by Sam L. Pfiester, author of “The Golden Lane,” at the Hoffman Family Gift Store from 1-4 p.m., Aug. 22,

Set in the early 1900s in Tampico, Mexico, the book details Everette DeGolyer’s, namesake of Arboretum mansion, the  search for oil. Part love story, part historical novel, and part true story, the book portrays the unfolding development of petroleum geology against a backdrop of revolution, foreign intrigue, and geopolitics.

After his early experiences in Mexico, DeGolyer later founded what is now the Amerada-Hess Corp. as well as Core Laboratories, and the petroleum consulting firm DeGolyer and MacNaughton.

The oilman’s former home, DeGolyer House, was completed in 1939-40 on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake. It is now the centerpiece of the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and was completely renovated earlier this year.

Originally called Rancho Encinal because of the many live oak trees, the original site was 43 acres of formal, English-style gardens and surrounding woodlands.

A Texas native and now a resident of Georgetown, Texas, Pfiester is an independent oil operator. He began his career as a land man for Clayton W. Williams Jr., and established his own firm in 1982. The book’s title describes the highly productive area of Mexican oil field that DeGolyer explored.


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