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Rig that hit natural gas while drilling for water on the Parker farm south of Westhope
Rig that hit natural gas while drilling for water on the Parker farm south of Westhope
TitleRig that hit natural gas while drilling for water on the Parker farm south of Westhope
Date of Original1907?
CreatorGolden, Louis
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionWooden drilling tower with an automobile and a group of people standing at the base.
Ordering InformationConsult: http://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/duplication-services
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Drilling & boring machinery
Wells
Natural gas
Gas industry
Automobiles
LocationWesthope (N.D.)
Bottineau County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Decade1900-1909
Item Number2000.522.25
Format of OriginalPhotographic postcards
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original9 x 14 cm.
Publisher of OriginalGolden, Louis, photographer
Place of PublicationWesthope (N.D.)
Transcription"Dear Lulia, I spose you girls tought I was funny I didint come cross the street and talk to you but I had as many as ten to cook for so I hadent much time here is only five. [portion of message appears to have been trimmed away at edge of postcard] byby with love. This is the gass well in Westhope, you can hardly tell were I am" - Handwritten on back of postcard, postmarked from [location illegible] Oct 11, 1910. Addressed to Miss Lulia Crowder, Bottineau, N.D. R.F.D.
NotesTitle taken from caption in book "This Land of Mine, An early history of Westhope, N.D. and its community" by Leonard and Bette Lodoen, p. 177.
Biography/HistoryNatural gas was discovered on July 3, 1907 when C. L. Murphy was drilling for water on land owned by W. B. Parker in Section 10, Brander Township, Bottineau County, N.D. After the discovery the gas was piped nine miles north to the town of Westhope to operate the lights in town. Problems with pipes freezing and depletion of the gas ended the venture within just a few years. Information taken from "This Land of Mine, An early history of Westhope, N.D. and its community" by Leonard and Bette Lodoen, p. 176-177.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionRonald Olin North Dakota Postcard Collection 2000
Collection Finding AidConsult: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/1115
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2000.522.25)
Languageeng
Digital IDrs004530
Original SourcePostcard
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