Located in southeastern Eastland County, Texas, Desdemona was originally settled in 1860. In September 1918, the Joe Duke discovery well created an oil boom that saw Desdemona covered with a sea of oil rigs. The Desdemona field was drilled by numerous small operators. Crowded conditions led to increased lawlessness and by 1920, the Texas Rangers had to intervene to reestablish order. Oil production quickly peaked at 7,375,825 barrels in 1919.
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