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Townley oil drilling camp near Robinson, No.Dak.
Townley oil drilling camp near Robinson, No.Dak.
TitleTownley oil drilling camp near Robinson, No.Dak.
Date of Original1926-03-04
DescriptionView of wood oil derrick with other buildings at the base and nearby. One building has a smokestack that is emitting black smoke. Group of men standing between two out buildings.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Oil wells
Petroleum industry
Oil well drilling rigs
Personal NameTownley, A. C. (Arthur Charles), 1880-1959
LocationRobinson (N.D.)
Kidder County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item Number2039.10.6
Format of OriginalGelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original17 x 22 cm.
Transcription"This picture shows where Townley is drilling for oil about two miles east of Robinson, N.D. The derrick shown in the picture is equipped with a 20 inch core drill. The bunk house, where about 200 people can be accommodated with sleeping quarters and the cook house where several hundred can be fed at one time are seen in the center and right of the picture. For many months several hundreds people have gathered weekly to listen to Townley's story at this camp" - Text accompanying photograph in issue of Fargo Forum, March 4, 1926, p. 1.
NotesTitle handwritten on back of print.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryIn August 1925 gasoline discovered in the town well at investigate oil prospects. A.C. Townley developed oil drilling operation by 1926 but ceased within several years without any major oil discovered.
Bibliographic ReferenceWells, Verne. "The Townley oil well." Golden Jubilee, Robinson, North Dakota. [S.l. : s.n.], 1961.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionNorth Dakota Oil Industry Photograph Collection 2039
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2039.10.6)
Digital IDrs001924
Original SourcePhotographic print
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