Texas

Lubbock is the capitol of cottonseed oil production in the nation, and there are several large-scale plants and storage sites associated with the industry, like...

A massive bomber plant west of Fort Worth, Texas, is still known as US Air Force Plant 4. It has a building that is nearly a mile long, and 650 feet wide, a...

The only active refinery operated by Asarco, which was once known as the American Smelting and Refining Company. The plant opened in 1922 to make zinc, and converted to copper in 1975. Around 340 people work at this plant, using an electrical and chemical...

One of the nation's largest slaughterhouses, this beef-packing plant was built by International Beef Packers (IBP) in 1973. In the 1960s IBP began siting its slaughterhouses closer to the source–at cattle...

An earthwork by the artist Robert Smithson, consisting of a 140-foot diameter partial circle of rock which rises out of the level ground to a height of around 15 feet. The artificial lake in which the piece once emerged is now dry, and the sculpture is slowly...

Amazon has dozens of large fulfillment centers around the country, outside of major cities, and near interstates. SAT 1 is “San Antonio Texas #1”, the first one for the region of San Antonio, which has a metro area population of around 2.5 million people...

Lake Amistad is the largest body of water in West Texas, though it is not entirely in Texas, as it is shared by Mexico. The lake formed when the Rio Grand was...

Anadarko Petroleum is an independent oil exploration and production company, based in the Woodlands, north of Houston. Companies in this field seek out and develop new or existing oil and gas fields, generating revenue primarily by discovering, developing,...

The Andrews County Disposal Site is a major commercial chemical and radioactive waste site, accepting waste from all over the nation. It has been a chemical...

Apache is one of the larger independent, non-integrated oil companies, and one of many that are based around Houston. These companies focus on exploration and development of oil and gas fields, generating their profits primarily as leaseholders. They...

Aramco Services Company, located in Houston, is the U.S.- based subsidiary of the largest oil company in the world, Saudi Aramco. Based in Dhahran, Saudi Aramco is the state-owned company of Saudi Arabia, and owns 99% of the oil in a nation whose proven oil...

Two large smokestacks, one more than 800 feet tall, used to loom over the Rio Grande, here on the western edge of El Paso, part of a large copper smelter that...

Baker Hughes is one of the largest oil services companies in the world, focusing primarily on drilling technology. An accretion of related companies, the brand's history includes the Baker International Corporation, which has roots back to well drilling tools...

Texas' first nuclear power complex is the South Texas project in Bay City, one of two nuclear plants in the state. The South Texas Project has 2 reactors. Unit 1 was commissioned in 1988, followed by Unit 2 in 1989. The output of both units is rated at 1,250...

One of the world's largest helicopter manufacturers for both civilian and defense products. Owned by the diversified manufacturing and research and development company Textron, Inc. This is the main plant and headquarters for the company, which has additional...

Big Hill is a federally-controlled underground petroleum storage site, one of four in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve program of the US Government. Along with another site in Texas (the Bryan Mound site near Freeport), and two in Louisiana, these sites can...

This carbon black plant in Big Spring is one of three owned by the Sid Richardson Carbon Company. Built in 1961, this plant has the capacity to produce 241...

One of a few oil refineries in West Texas, Big Spring is a relatively small, 73,000 barrels per day capacity plant. It is operated now by Alon, an Israeli energy company, that bought the US refining and marketing...

These blocks of structures house personnel and equipment, and is part of the Brigade and Battalion Headquarters, next to Biggs Army Airfield, at Fort Bliss. Fort...

BJ Services is a major well-completion company, founded by Byron Jackson (BJ), a late 19th century inventor of innovative pumps. BJ Services expanded through mergers with companies involved in oil well development and stimulation technologies, such as well...

One of the few privately-owned space launch facilities in the USA, this remote location was purchased in the mid-2000s by Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, in order to test designs produced by Blue Origins, the rocket company he founded in Kent, Washington, in...

Boots and Coots's executive offices are located on the fifth floor of this building near a shopping center on the Sam Houston Parkway. Boots Hansen and Coots Matthews worked for the Red Adair Company, a well fire and blowout control company made famous after...

This cattle feedlot owned by the Bovina Cattle Company, part of Friona Industries, is one of six feedyards in the region owned by the company. Friona is a local company, founded in the Panhandle, which is one of the most productive cattle production areas in...

BP, formerly known as British Petroleum, has its largest American presence in an expanding corporate campus on the I-10 Energy Corridor west of Houston. BP is the third largest of the supermajor oil companies (after ExxonMobil and Shell). It is the largest...

This large-scale automotive test site, owned and operated by the Bridgestone Tire Company, covers nearly ten square miles. There are eight different tracks here...

Until its closing in 2011, Brooks was one of four Air Force Bases around San Antonio, and the home of the Human Systems Center, a laboratory that examined the human component in Air Force systems, using flight simulators, human centrifuges, etc. The Brooks...

A suburban subdivision (in the shadow of the massive Baytown Refinery) which was vacated due to flooding problems. Roads and lots for 400 homes were carved out of the bushes on this 450 acre riverfront peninsula in the 1950's. Decades of groundwater pumping...

Located on the west side of Freeport is one of two federal Strategic Petroleum Reserve sites in Texas, the Bryan Mound site. Like the other (Big Hill, near Beaumont) and the other two in Louisiana, Bryan Mound is a subterranean salt dome that has been...

Texas is still the capitol of cattle country, with nearly half the 100 million beef cattle in the nation, and this plant, near the top of the Panhandle, currently owned by JBS, is massive, and typical. JBS, the world’s largest meat company, is based in Brazil...

This American landmark, composed of ten vintage Cadillacs buried nose-first in a field outside Amarillo, was originally installed in 1974. It was conceived by a group of artists and architects known as Ant Farm (Chip Ward, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michaels),...