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Drilling Rig
Photograph on postcard of a Gulf Oil Company drilling rig (wooden derrick) surrounded by trees. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49885/
Derricks in Breckenridge
Photograph on postcard of the town of Breckenridge, Texas. Oil derricks rise above the buildings all over the town. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49856/
Man with Oxen
Photograph on postcard of an unidentified worker standing next to a train of oxen. They are next to a railroad track. The oxen are hauling a wagon loaded with pipes. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49895/
Truck in Mud
Photograph of 3 workers riding on a truck owned by Gulf Oil as it drives through the mud in Crane County, Texas. It is believed to be the first owned by Gulf Oil (according to L. R. "Rudy" Lay). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49845/
Oil Derrick
Photograph of a Gulf Oil Company oil derrick towering over trees in late-1920's Crane County, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49847/
Gulf Oil Equipment and Shed
Photograph of various pieces of equipment from a Gulf Oil Company oil well around a shed in Crane County, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49851/
Derrick in Breckenridge
Photograph on postcard of a wooden oil derrick set up in the town of Breckenridge, Texas. Cars and people cover the towns streets around the derrick. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49855/
Gulf Oil Workers and Well
Photograph of Gulf Oil Company workers standing at the base of an oil derrick at a well in Crane County, Texas. There is a web of oil pipes in the foreground. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49848/
Explosion
Photograph of a controlled explosion, called a "land shot", in the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast region during the late 1920's. A large cloud of smoke and dust rises into the air. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49963/
Drawing of Building
Negative of a black and white drawing of Jack Nolan Enterprises in Odessa, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50205/
J. J. Willis Storefront
Negative of the outside of a shop in Odessa, Texas. The store is the J. J. Willis Sales Company. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50202/
Stores in Odessa
Negative of a few shops in Odessa, Texas. Two tire stores flank a middle store, the J. J. Willis Sales Company. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50206/
Stores in Odessa
Negative of a few shops in Odessa, Texas. Two tire stores flank a middle store, the J. J. Willis Sales Company. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50204/
Stores in Odessa
Negative of a few shops in Odessa, Texas. Two tire stores flank a middle store, the J. J. Willis Sales Company. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50203/
Cars on Street
Negative of a street in Midland, Texas during the early 20th century. Many cars line the street while others drive down it. Businesses are visible lining the street, the most obvious being the Llano Hotel on the left side. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50207/
Stores in Odessa
Negative of the outside of two shops in Odessa, Texas. On the left is a tire store, and on the right is the J. J. Willis Sales Company. Several cars sit outside both stores. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50200/
Interior of Midwest Equipment Company
Negative of the inside of the building owned by the Midwest Equipment Company in Odessa, Texas. Various pieces of equipment and chemicals are visible on the shelves. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50201/
Cars on Street
Negative of a street in Midland, Texas during the early 20th century. Many cars line the street while others drive down it. Businesses are visible lining the street, the most obvious being the Llano Hotel on the left side. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50208/
Camp in Winter
Photograph of the camp at the Hendrick oil field in Winkler County, Texas. The small buildings and ground surrounding them are covered in snow. There are a couple vehicle trails visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50006/
Smoky Oil Well
Photograph of the Robinson B-1 oil well in Lea County, New Mexico. Smoke of some sort is billowing off the top of the oil derrick. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50004/
Man Works on Rig
Photograph of a man working on a cable tool rig near the Pontoon Crossing of the Pecos in 1941. The man is dressed in work clothes while working on the equipment. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50036/
Engine House
Photograph of the engine house and counterbalance at the Hendrick #11 oil well in Winkler County, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50022/
West Texas Oil Refinery
Photograph of the West Texas Refinery. The photograph is from the air and shows the railroad with tanker cars stopped next to the refinery. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50086/
Hendrick Oil Well
Photograph of the Hendrick #4 oil well in Winkler County, Texas. There is a car sitting in front of the well. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50020/
Workers on Hendrick Well
Photograph of two workers on the Hendrick #13 oil well in Winkler County, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50023/
California Company Employees on Porch
Photograph of California Company personnel posing on the porch of a house. The two women are wearing dresses and the two men are in suits. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50077/
Holt House Behind Trees
Photograph of the O. B. Holt House in Midland, Texas, taken from across the street. The house is partially hidden by several trees in the yard. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50058/
Man on Cable Tool
Photograph of a worker standing on a cable tool drill. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50003/
Burning Oil Tank
Photograph of a 55,000 barrel oil tank burning. Thick smoke is billowing from the top of the tank. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50007/
Joe Hathaway Poses by Rig
Photograph of Joe Hathaway, farm boss, posing in a hat and coat in Gaines County, Texas. The Amerada 1-A Averitt discovery well is visible in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50069/
Outside of Hazel Mine
Photograph of the outside of the Hazel Mine near Van Horn, Texas. A couple of cars are parked outside, and men are walking around. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50044/
Bob King Holding Skull
Photograph of Bob King holding the skull of a Bighorn Sheep at the McAdoo Ranch in Culberson County, Texas in 1939. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50073/
Oil Field
Photograph of an oil field on a brushy plain. Several derricks are visible above the numerous oil wells stretching across the flat land. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50088/
Oil Blowing from Well
Photograph of oil blowing from the Hendrick #13 oil well in Winkler County, Texas. An oil tank can be seen in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50000/
California Company Office in Winter
Photograph of the California Company office in Colorado City, Texas on February 16, 1923. The winter weather is apparent with snow on the ground and ice covering the tree branches. There are also two early model cars visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50075/
Bridge and Flooded River
Photograph of a bridge over the Pecos River during a flood in May 1941. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50038/
Men Working on Rig
Photograph of men working on a cable tool rig near the Pontoon Crossing of the Pecos in 1941. The men are dressed in work clothes while working on the equipment. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50037/
Flow and Setting Tanks
Photograph of the flow tank and setting tank at the Hendrick oil field in Winkler County, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50009/
Early Street Scene
Photograph of the streets, all dirt roads, in 1922 Colorado City, Texas. The picture was shot in the street, and looks down through the town. Many buildings can be seen in the distance, and power lines run down the road into town. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50084/
People Watching Pipes
Photograph of four men and a boy watching pipes drain liquid at the Amerada 1-A Averitt discovery well near Seminole, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50053/
Car on Trail
Photograph of a car driving on a rocky, off-road trail at Antelope Circle, near Amarillo, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50079/
Hotel Sharbauer
Photograph of the Hotel Sharbauer in Midland, Texas in 1934. Several cars are parked along the street, and a cleaners with a wall mural is visible next to the hotel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50067/
Car by Cliff
Photograph of a car driving next to a rocky cliff at Antelope Circle, near Amarillo, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50080/
Men Working on Rig
Photograph of men working on the Landreth No. 1 Kirk rig in Gaines County, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50046/
Brick House
Photograph of the Paul Ryan residence in 1934. The brick house is located on West Wall St. in Midland, Texas. A thin layer of snow is visible in the yard. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50061/
Abe Hendrickson on Rig
Photograph of Abe Hendrickson standing on the Landreth No. 1 Kirk well in Gaines County, Texas in 1936. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50071/
Snow and Oil Field
Photograph of the Hendrick oil field in Winkler County, Texas. There is snow covering the ground, and the visible oil derricks stretch into the distance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50025/
Boiler Plant
Photograph of the ice covered boiler at the California Company's Richardson Number One oil well site in Mitchell County, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50099/
Colorado City Main Street
Photograph of Main Street in 1922 Colorado City, Texas. The picture looks down the street. Drug stores are on both sides of the street. Cars are parked in front of shops, and power lines run between the buildings. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50085/
View of Big Spring, Texas
Photograph of Big Spring, Texas from a hilltop. The one tall building on the left center of the photograph is the Settler Hotel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth50056/