National Geographic : 1945 Feb
The Yield of Texas 183 John Vachon O.W .I . Official Part of Texas' Vast Industrial Army Works in Shipyards at Beaumont Originally this was largely a cattle-raising country. Then came oil and natural gas. Wartime demands brought the rise of unexpected new industries; so today Texas is also a big producer of chemicals, magnesium, some paper, manufactured foods, and whole fleets of merchant ships and naval craft (page 177).