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Drill-Cable Clamp.

Description: Patent for Drill-Cable Clamp is for a device that clamps the rope to which the drill connects. The rope can be rotated, while connected to both the drill and the drilling machine securely.
Date: May 6, 1913
Creator: Clayton, Robert Fentress
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


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

Max Goldfine and Wife During Oil Boom

Description: Photograph of Max Goldfine standing next to his wife. He is wearing denim pants and a button-up shirt and she is wearing a skirt, blouse, and apron. Behind them are two buggies pulled by six horses and six workers. Behind that are six oil spindletops and trees. Typed and taped on the bottom of the mat is, "Max Goldfine family in Orangefield during boom. They operated a dry goods store."
Date: unknown
Partner: Heritage House Museum

[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

[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

Standard of Drilling Rig

Description: Cropped copy-photograph of a drilling rig near Taft, Texas. A large wooden platform is raised off the ground. A ladder on the right leads to the top of the platform. A ramp leads up the opposite side of the platform. A large drilling rig is in the middle of the platform. In the middle of the rig is a large pulley.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bell/Whittington Public Library

Willacy Oil Well

Description: Cropped copy-photograph of an oil well west of Portland, TX. A single drilling rig is shown in the middle of a field of wild plants and grasses. A wire fence with stone posts encloses the area around the well. The well is on a raised portion of ground devoid of any of the surrounding plants.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bell/Whittington Public Library

Two Couples at Willacy Oil Well

Description: Cropped copy-photograph of four people at the Willacy Oil Well in Portland, TX. The well is on a large, wooden platform. Several workers are walking around the base. A machine is shown to the right of the well. The two couples are standing in front of the well. They are identified as Mr. and Mrs. Willacy and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. All four are wearing hats. The women are wearing dresses. The woman on the far right is wearing a long set of dark pearls.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bell/Whittington Public Library

[Danevang Lutheran Church Congregration at Oil Well]

Description: Copy print of the Danevang Lutheran Church congregation at the sight of the first oil well drilling at Clemville, Texas. They surround a pool of water surrounded by a plot of land that is mostly sediment and dirt. Some of the people carry umbrellas, and the majority wear formal attire. Included in the group are also children. On the far right, there appears to be a pipe blowing a black liquid unto the water.
Date: 1930/1950
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

[Photograph of Oil Well Fire in Port Arthur, Texas, September 13, 1902]

Description: Photograph of an oil well fire, with smoke roiling into the sky as eighteen men look on. A tank to the left of the blaze is itself giving off smoke. Industrial materials litter the foreground, and two intact oil rigs can be seen in the background. On the reverse side, there is a handwritten passage stating "Kieths Ward Fire - Texas Gusher throwing 200 ft and Higgins 10000 barrel Pressure Tank."
Date: September 13, 1902
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

Well-Drilling Apparatus.

Description: Patent for an Artesian or oil well drilling apparatus that has a detachable drill-bit in its tubing and has an "improved means whereby an expansion drill bit or blade of any preferred construction can be secured to or detached from the drill tubing without removing the latter from the well" (lines 12-15). The tubing does not accidentally detach, and the tubing can rotate in either direction.
Date: October 2, 1894
Creator: Horton, Stephen A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Mexia, Texas: Confederate Reunion Grounds and Comanche Chief Quanah Parker]

Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Mexia, Texas. The film covers: the the Confederate Reunion Grounds, now a Texas Historical Landmark; recreational activity on the Navasota River; and the legend of Quanah Parker. The first segment of video shows the Confederate Reunion Grounds, which were established in 1889. Tom Fisher, who is the Park Manager of the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historical Park and the Park Manager of Fort Parker State Historical Park, explains the historical reenactments and mock Civil War battles that are held at the Reunion Grounds. The Historical Marker, cannon, pavilion, and Miss Mamie Kennedy's 1914 Confederate Flirtation Walk trail are shown. In the next segment of the video, people fish, use paddleboats, motorboats, and innertubes on the Navasota River. There are intermittent scenes of oil pumpjacks and barrel-racing horseback riders. The last section of the film shows Fort Parker, black and white photographs of the town of Mexia, and an interview with Jan Harrison, who explains the legend of Cynthia Ann Parker and the Comanche chief, Quanah Parker.
Date: unknown
Partner: UNT Media Library