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Luling is a city in Caldwell and Guadalupe counties, Texas, United States, along the San Marcos River. The population, as of the 2010 census, was 5,411, and the population was estimated at 5,764 in 2015. The town was named after a New York banker, Charles Luling. He was a personal friend of Thomas Wentworth Pierce, and provided the financing for the railroad as well the purchase of the land that became Luling. The Caldwell County portion of Luling is part of the Austin metropolitan area.HistoryLuling was founded in 1874 as a railroad town and became a rowdy center for the cattle drivers on the Chisholm Trail. Contempt of the law by the cowboys helped Luling become known as the "toughest town in Texas". After the great cattle drives ended in the late 1880s, Luling quieted down to a town of about 500 and cotton ruled the local economy. Perhaps due to arrival of immigrants, including some Jews, in the late-19th century, Luling began a long, slow, period of growth, and by 1925 the population reached 1,500.One of the most significant events in Luling's history was the discovery of oil by Edgar B. Davis. Davis mortgaged everything he owned to finance drilling operations around Luling. On August 9, 1922, the Rafael Rios No. 1 well struck oil at 2161ft, producing 150oilbbl/d. To repay his loans, Davis contracted 2Moilbbl each to Atlantic Oil and Magnolia Oil at $.50 a barrel, plus another 2Moilbbl to Magnolia at $.75 per barrel.Use our international travel planner: Luling and all its delights await.
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