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Come and Take It is a talk show about Texas, by Texans. Three friends born and raised in Texas share their views on the state’s history, culture, and just what it means to be Texan.

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Mike Zolkoski
Scott Elfstrom
Sean McIver

#6: Texas Boomtowns

16 minutes

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In this show, we take a look at the phenomenon of the boomtown, including the most famous examples, the Texas Oil Boomtown. We look at Wink, Tx, a tiny spot in the middle of the West Texas desert which transformed overnight from a horse pasture into a bustling and wild city of 20000. We also look at the current Fracking boom going on today and talk about what oil boomtowns and the oil industry in Texas means to us.

Before we begin… What’s your favorite Six Flags ride?

Additional links:

Texas Escapes is a great website full of wonderful stories about Texas towns, big, small, and long long gone. Here’s some great links we found about different types of boomtowns in Texas:

Some good articles about the latest boom as it is affecting Odessa and Midland in West Texas:

Nice article about the boom affecting Karnes County, where Mike’s family hails from:

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