Student Guide

Oil and natural gas, their production and their products, affect the lives of all Texans. The discovery of oil fields throughout the state in the early 20th century led to the founding and flourishing of numerous Texas towns and to the establishment of companies that would evolve into multinational conglomerates. It was along the Houston Ship Channel, a commercial waterway that would become one of the busiest in the United States, that the town of Deer Park was founded just a few short miles from where Texas had won her independence from Mexico in 1836. Since 1929, the history of Shell Oil and the city of Deer Park have been intertwined. Explore the legacy that manufacturing culture has on the community. Learn more about what goes on at a fully integrated refinery and chemical plant, and discover how progress will power the future. 

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