Episode: Rise of the Permian | Chapter 2

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Rise of the Permian | Chapter 2

We go back to 1923, and the Santa Rita No. 1, the well that put West Texas oil on the map. We recount the beginnings of rowdy boomtowns and the swaggering wildcatters whose influence would eventually lead all the way to the White House.

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