Sunday, December 15, 2013

Texas Oil Fields ca 1920

These photographs are annotated on the back with "Eastland Co Good Roads," "Dugger #1 PO & GC,"  "Emma Terrell Ranger," "Cathey Putnam," "Comanche" and "Eastland."   A bit of research revealed that Eastland was Eastland County Texas,  the "Emma Terrell" was an oil derrick at Ranger Texas.   Just as there was a derrick named "Cathey" at Putnam and a Dugger #1 and that Comanche was also a county in Texas.  In addition to the photographs I've included a page from the San Francisco Chronicle dated March 29 1919 which tells the story of black gold being found in the Eastland area of Texas and the rush that ensued in the area to drill.  I'd also like to point out that there was another place not far far away that was also bringing in oil, the Moran Fields in Shackleford County Texas which is also mentioned in the article.

Unidentified men, Eastland County Texas



Unidentified men, Dugger #1







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