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 County: Eastland County, TX
 Decade: 1910-1919
 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2009
Burning Oil Well

Burning Oil Well

Date: 1919
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph on postcard of the C.L. Perkins No. 5 oil well on fire near Ranger, Texas in 1919. Fire and smoke reach high in the sky, towering over the nearby trees.
Contributing Partner: Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame
Men Placing Boilers

Men Placing Boilers

Date: 1919
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph on postcard of men setting up boilers to put out an oil fire at the C.L. Perkins No. 5 oil well in Eastland County, Texas in 1919. Smoke from the fire can be seen over the workers.
Contributing Partner: Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame
Oil Well on Fire

Oil Well on Fire

Date: 1919
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph on postcard an oil fire at the C.L. Perkins No. 5 oil well near Ranger in Eastland County, Texas in 1919. Smoke and flames billow into the sky, while debris from the fire can be seen strewn over the ground.
Contributing Partner: Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame
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