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[Postcard of Oil Wells In Beaumont]

Description: Postcard of many oil wells in a field, behind a couple of red and white shacks. The back of the postcard has a note that reads, "Hello Mamie. Yes you guessed right. I know another one. Which I will tell you later on. Write me soon, Sig." The postcard is addressed to "Miss Mamie McFaddin 1141 3rd Ave. Huntington, W. Va."
Date: July 30, 1907
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Frieze on Courthouse]

Description: Photograph of an engraving on the Jefferson County courthouse. It shows two men, one kneeling and one standing, working on an oil rig, which is visible in the background. The words "Wonders of Today" are carved under the picture.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Wells Fargo and Company Express]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of a Wells Fargo and Company Express building on 234 Procter Street. An awning hangs over the entrance to the building. A sign on the building says "Wells Fargo & Company Express." In the foreground, there are railway tracks parallel to the road. Text at the bottom of the photograph says "Wells-Fargo Express Building."
Date: 1920
Partner: Port Arthur Public Library

[First Water Well Near Port Arthur]

Description: Photograph of two men standing near the first water well near Port Arthur, TX. The well is a hand pump device with a wooden trough to take water towards a holding container. Both men are wearing hats. The man on the left is holding a small glass of water in his hand.
Date: unknown
Partner: Port Arthur Public Library

Casing Spear

Description: Patent for casing spears. This invention is designed for pulling well tubes or casings that have broken off out of the well. Illustration included.
Date: August 25, 1908
Creator: Carroll, Monroe W. & Johnston, H. G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a rope socket for use with well drilling tools that absorbs shocks and keeps the rope straight.
Date: August 2, 1910
Creator: Greeves, Walter Bruce & Black, Lee Jackson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pumping Apparatus.

Description: Patent for pumping apparatus. This invention provides a means to elevate liquids by use of compressed air. It is specifically intended for deep oil-wells.
Date: August 25, 1903
Creator: Cain, Francis Charles & Herrenkind, Oscar Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a street paving material made from limestone, limestone dust, and crude oil with layers of crushed rock in between which is waterproof and durable.
Date: June 9, 1908
Creator: Walsh, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a rotary drilling machine for drilling oil wells that has a stronger grip than previous drills.
Date: August 6, 1912
Creator: Black, Lee J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Reamer for Oil or Artesian Wells

Description: Patent for "a reamer of novel construction for enlarging the bore or opening of a well when it is required to increase the diameter to receive the casing or for other purpose. The reamer combines a head and a guide, the latter entering the bores, so as to steady and give proper direction to the tool and also prevent the cuttings entering and filling the bore during the process of enlargement" (lines 9-18).
Date: September 8, 1903
Creator: Higgins, Pattillo
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Valve For Oil Wells

Description: Patent for a valve for oil wells. This invention is designed to control the flow of oil during drilling. Illustration included.
Date: September 19, 1905
Creator: Bernard, Horace D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Method Of Drilling Wells

Description: Patent for a method of drilling wells. This invention is known as the rotary process that deals with alluvial deposits at different levels such as sand, water flows, gravel, gas under pressure, and boulders. Illustration included.
Date: October 30, 1906
Creator: Decker, Harry R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department