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Aerial views of railroad tracks, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Aerial views of railroad tracks, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1964
These two aerial photographs show railroad tracks, including the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, going through Neodesha in Wilson County, Kansas. The Standard Oil Company processing and storage facility is visible alongside the tracks.


A gas line on the Mahan-Tarr ranch in Barber County, Kansas

A gas line on the Mahan-Tarr ranch in Barber County, Kansas
Date: March, 1955
Here are two photographs showing Cities Service's gas line on the Mahan-Tarr ranch in Barber County, Kansas. One photograph shows the ditching machine digging a trench for the gas line. The land was owned by Mrs. T. C. Mahan of Coldwater and her sister Mrs. Sewell Tarr of Huntsville, Arkansas who inherited the land from their father Frank Markham.


Alfred Mossman Landon, Kansas Governor

Alfred Mossman Landon, Kansas Governor
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
This photograph represents Alfred Mossman Landon, (1887-1987), standing in an oil field. He was governor of Kansas from 1933 to 1937, and ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1936, losing to President Franklin Roosevelt.


Allen County, Kansas, floods--1951

Allen County, Kansas, floods--1951
Date: July 1951
These numerous photographs show flooding and flood damage from the Neosho River in Allen County, Kansas. High water marks can be seen on many buildings, as well as debris and destruction left by the water. Many homes, businesses, and public buildings were affected. These photographs were part of a preliminary survey by the Flood Control Committee of the Iola Chamber of Commerce on August 10, 1951. Many of the photos have additional information on their backs.


Applications for Positions

Applications for Positions
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 20, 1915
This file includes a letter from Great Bend, Kansas with the enclosing of an application for the position as Deputy Oil Inspector. The file is incomplete and does not include the application. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Blacksmith, Neodesha, Kansas

Blacksmith, Neodesha, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1892
This black and white photograph shows a group of men standing before the blacksmith shop in Neodesha, Kansas. Standing second from left is T.J. Norman, Neodesha blacksmith on whose garden plot William M.Mills drilled the first commercially successful oil well in Kansas and in the Mid-Continent Field. Norman moved from the above location to a new place of business on the west bank of the Verdigris river east of town when the well was drilled in 1892.


Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, Augusta, Kansas

Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, Augusta, Kansas
Date: June 1916
This black and white photograph shows a group of people standing in the oil field, discovered by the Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, in Augusta, Kansas. According to the back of the photograph, the well was flowing 1,800 barrels of oil daily.


Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, El Dorado, Kansas

Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, El Dorado, Kansas
Date: Between 1914 and 1916
This black and white photograph shows a team of horses and mules inside the pipe yard of the Cities Service Petroleum Corporation at El Dorado, Kansas. These horse drawn wagons were responsible for transporting the heavy equipment to the oil fields.


Derby Oil Company, Wichita, Kansas

Derby Oil Company, Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1940 and 1949
This black and white photograph shows the exterior view of the Derby Oil Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Derby Refinery, Wichita, Kansas

Derby Refinery, Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
These four black and white photographs show the Derby Petroleum Refinery in Wichita, Kansas.


Drilling the Mahan-Tarr #1 oil well in Barber County, Kansas

Drilling the Mahan-Tarr #1 oil well in Barber County, Kansas
Date: December, 1954
Here are three photographs showing Purcell-Mull Drilling Company drilling Mahan-Tarr #1 in Barber County, Kansas. The well is located in the Medicine Lodge field. The well was owned by Mrs. T. C. Mahan of Coldwater and her sister Mrs. Sewell Tarr of Huntsville, Arkansas who inherited the land from their father Frank Markham.


Drilling the Mahan-Tarr #2 oil well in Barber County, Kansas

Drilling the Mahan-Tarr #2 oil well in Barber County, Kansas
Date: April 1956
Here are four photographs of Mahan-Tarr #2 oil well in Barber County, Kansas. The land was owned by Mrs. T. C. Mahan of Coldwater and her sister Mrs. Sewell Tarr of Huntsville, Arkansas who inherited it from their father Frank Markham.


Early oil well in Seward County, Kansas

Early oil well in Seward County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This is a view of men collecting oil from an early oil well in Seward County, Kansas.


Eleventh biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1897-98

Eleventh biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1897-98
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1899
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes information on beef and pork production, farm poultry, Kansas mineral products, livestock, and other agricultural topics. Also covered are county statistics for population, acreages, productions, livestock, assessed valuation of property, and a listing of churches for each county. Proceedings and other activities of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture are included.


Elk County, Kansas

Elk County, Kansas
Creator: Smith, H. F.
Date: c1927
This map of Elk County, Kansas shows oil and gas wells, dry holes and abandoned, schools, churches, cemeteries, and state and county roads. It also shows names of rural landowners.


Globe Oil Refinery, McPherson, Kansas

Globe Oil Refinery, McPherson, Kansas
Date: Between 1933 and 1939
This photograph shows a view of the Globe Oil & Refining Company in McPherson, Kansas. The facility located southwest of McPherson was built in five months at a cost of one million dollars. The National Cooperative Refinery Association acquired the company in 1943.


Globe Oil and Supply Company, Wichita, Kansas

Globe Oil and Supply Company, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Smith, Edgar B.
Date: Between 1930 and 1950
These three black and white photographs show the Globe Oil and Supply Company in Wichita, Kansas. The first image shows employees boxing cans of anti-freeze. The second image is a storage area and the third shows production equipment.


Gordon oil field, El Dorado, Kansas

Gordon oil field, El Dorado, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
This photograph shows Mr. and Mrs. Eliga Carter at Gordon oil field, El Dorado, Kansas.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, oil and gas

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, oil and gas
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to oil and gas. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to the oil conservation committee, geological surveys and gas taxes. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Greenwich, Kansas

Greenwich, Kansas
Date: August 9, 1929
Panoramic view of Greenwich, Kansas, showing numerous oil derricks.


Haskin Petroleum Company town

Haskin Petroleum Company town
Date: 1920
Haskin was a petroleum company (oil) town in Butler County, Kansas, 1920. It was a boom town that was created when the petroleum field was discovered and then quickly became extinct once the mineral deposit had been exhausted.


Horses pulling a rig at an oil well, Peru, Kansas

Horses pulling a rig at an oil well, Peru, Kansas
Date: 1905
This photo shows several horses pulling a rig at an oil well in Peru, Kansas.


Hugoton industry, Hugoton, Kansas

Hugoton industry, Hugoton, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1949
This black and white photograph shows four men kneeling on the ground holding a white shirt that reads "Gascapade! Hugoton". In the background, three workers are examining the operations of a gas or oil derrick.


Jayhawk Oil Company and the Kent Oil Company, Salina, Kansas

Jayhawk Oil Company and the Kent Oil Company, Salina, Kansas
Date: June 1936
This photograph shows the buildings housing the Jayhawk Oil Company and the Kent Oil Company in Salina, Kansas.


Kansas.  A complete and comprehensive description of the agricultural, horticultural, stock raising and mineral resources of Kansas

Kansas. A complete and comprehensive description of the agricultural, horticultural, stock raising and mineral resources of Kansas
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1903
This Union Pacific Railroad pamphlet promotes Kansas as an abundant and ideal place to settlement.


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