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Discovery Of Oil-2

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From "Arkansas Semi-Centennial Oil Celebration" booklet
Garrett Hotel, El Dorado, Arkansas, during the oil boom days there.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
A crew being bathed in oil after the completion of a well. Note the casing stored inside the derrick.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
A "Christmas Tree," the complicated series of pipes and valves used in capping an oil well and in controlling gas pressure.



Courtesy A. R. and R. B. Buckalew
Aerial view of El Dorado, Arkansas, 1921.



Courtesy A. R. and R. B. Buckalew
Courthouse Square, El Dorado, Arkansas, in the early 1920s.



Courtesy A. R. and R. B. Buckalew
Courthouse Square El Dorado, Arkansas, mid-1920s.



Courtesy J S. Beebe Collection
Oil Operator's Trust Murphy No. 1 well, as it appeared near Norphlet in late April 1922. This is the giant gas well that opened the Smackover Field. Notice the crater throwing up mud.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
Railroad oil tank cars of the Union pipeline and Refining Company being loaded near Smackover, Arkansas.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
A partial view of the huge crater created by the collapse of the Oil Operator's Trust Murphy No. 1 well, as it appeared near Norphlet in late April 1922.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
A full view of the giant crater near Norphlet created by the collapse of the Oil Operator's Trust Murphy No. 1 well.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
A partial view of the Smackover Field, probably around 1922 or 1923.



Courtesy J S. Beebe Collection
Smackover, Arkansas, in the early 1920s.



Courtesy J S. Beebe Collection
Oxen pulling an oil field pot. Oxen were better at pulling in the mud than mules.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
A scene of a wagon buried in the mud, El Dorado oil field.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
An oil field restaurant.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
Hauling supplies to the El Dorado oil field.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
Hauling supplies to the El Dorado oil field



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
Wagons waiting their turn to cross Smackover Creek.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
A scene of a wagon and team stuck in the mud in the Smackover Oil Field. Note the drowned mule.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
Smackover, Arkansas's business district in the early 1920s.



Courtesy J. S. Beebe Collection
Smackover, Arkansas's new depot during the peak of the boom.



Courtesy of A.R. and R.B. Buckalew
The jail at Smackover. Arkansas. Prisoner's hands are barely seen on the bars.



Courtesy A. R. and R. B. Buckalew
Norphlet, Arkansas, in the mid-1920s.



Courtesy Ione Welch
Norphlet, Arkansas, in the early 1920s



Courtesy Lion Oil Company
Hamburger Row and a view of South Washington Street, El Dorado, Arkansas.



Courtesy Lion Oil Company
Hamburger Row as viewed from the Presbyterian Cemetery, El Dorado, Arkansas.



Courtesy Lion Oil Company
The Busey well of January 10, 1921.



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