Osceola Oil Company
1919

Osceola Oil Company Gushers in the Great Texas Oil Field

Osceola Oil Company cyanotype pictorial map North Texas oil boom of 1919-1920

DESCRIPTION: Gushers! More gushers! No gushing prose here but dozens of gushing oil wells. Extraordinary! No other copy found anywhere online.

The Great Texas Oil Field: Electra, Clara, Burkburnett, Iowa Park, Holliday, Wichita Falls, Huff, and Dundee, Texas.

Our artifact is a very rare cyanotype (blueprint) pictorial map documenting the Texas Oil Boom in north Texas during the period 1919-1921. This persuasive map exuberantly promotes drilling the 200 acre lease held by Osceola Oil Company (now extinct) near Dundee, Texas in Russell A. Richardson's subdivision "Located right on the Dundee Dome and Anticline."

Drawn by Wichita Falls Blueprint and Supply Co.

Names numerous famous oil fields and wells including: the Sunshine Hill Pool, the Ramming Pool, the Burkburnett southwest extension, the Kemp-Munger-Allen field.

Boom Town, a 1940 film starring Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, was inspired by events around Burkburnett, Texas during the early 20's oil boom. Gushers!

The first oil in Burkburnett was discovered in 1912, when a gusher of 2000 barrels a day was brought in on the S.L. Fowler farm. The Burkburnett Townsite Field in Wichita County was discovered in 1918. In 1919 oil was discovered in the Kemp-Munger-Allen field.

Osceola Oil Company was organized in 1919 with corporate officers Russell A. Richardson, President and C.C. Drake, Secretary. With authorized capital of $500,000 and a single leased property of 200 acres "...one mile east of the Waggoner Ranch in Wichita County Texas" the company began seeking investors. By 1922 it was all over but for the crying… Osceola filed a lawsuit against the driller, Stewart Drilling Company, who failed to discover oil with a 2000 foot deep well on the property. (Source: https://books.google.com/books?id=55tDAQAAMAAJ. Page 698.)

CREATOR: Osceola Oil Company

PUBLICATION DATE: 1919

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Good.  One large tear at left repaired archivally from verso. Bottom left corner chipped with minor loss but stable. A few repaired tiny edge tears. Edges are rough. Stains near margin. Washed. Verso quite dirty.

COLORING: Blue.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 22 " x 17 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 63

PRICE: $2500

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