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[Two oil derricks]

Description: Postcard issued by Bank of the Southwest using images from F.J. Schlueter Collection. Image is of two oil derricks. Car and wagon are on the road in front of the derricks. Text on the back of the postcard reads, "For a long time, oil has been the biggest game in town. Even in 1916 when Houston thoroughfares had as many horses and buggies as automobiles. Photograph from the Bank of the Southwest--F.J. Schlueter Collection." Image is from ca. 1920, but postcard is from ca. 1970.
Date: 1916
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

Oil Well

Description: Photograph of the Maggie Ray McKinney Oil Well, the first oil well in Bee County. On December 29, 1929 as the Houston Oil Company drilled for gas, the first oil well in Bee County was brought in on the JJ McKinney land east of Pettus. Humble Oil and Refining Company completed McKinney No. 1 Oil Well, Bee County, January 31, 1930. The discovery brought a rush of people to the community of Pettus. The discovery of oil relieved the pressure of depression. By 1937, the county boasted of 53 gas fields, with 212 wells, and 62 oil fields, with 456 wells, producing 1,863,806 barrels of oil. Oil and gas are still important industries in Bee County.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

[Metal derrick platform with an oil pump below it]

Description: Photograph of a metal derrick platform with an oil pump below it. There are two more oil derricks in left background; gravel road extending from right foreground into left background. Written on back in red pencil: "2 col A. P. George 65.3 [encircled] 1411". This photograph is one of a group that was found taped together for a journal or newspaper publication.
Date: unknown
Partner: George Ranch Historical Park

[Wooden oil derrick with oil spurting from the well beneath]

Description: Photograph of a wooden oil derrick with oil spurting from the well beneath. Rows of metal pipe are lined up on the wooden platform near the derrick. One pipe is lying on the ground in foreground. The metal gears and machinery at base of platform is also visible. Reverse writing in purple on back of photograph reads: "Mr. A. P. George Richmond, Texas".
Date: unknown
Partner: George Ranch Historical Park


Description: Patent for well-cylinder improvements, specifically pumps with "special reference to a pump having a reciprocating piston and being adapted for use in a deep well, where the pump cylinder is difficult to access" (lines 11-14).
Date: September 16, 1913
Creator: Ligon, Arthur Lee.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oil Well

Description: Copy negative of a picture of an oil well with a man standing at the base. There is a building on the left and trees in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library