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I took advantage of everyone else going to the mall and grocery store yesterday to go to Spindletop Park, which is on the site of Spindletop Dome oil field.

2020-9-18 Spindletop Park DSC_0101 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

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The flagpole that marks the spot of the Lucas Gusher.

2020-9-18 Spindletop Park DSC_0110 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

There are three old pump jacks and a wooden oil tank in the park.

2020-9-18 Spindletop Park DSC_0118 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

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The park is in the flight path of the Jack Brooks Regional Airport, and this American Eagle shuttle took off while I was there.

2020-9-18 Spindletop Park DSC_0161 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

2020-9-18 Spindletop Park DSC_0172 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

To be continued....
 

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...part three.

Technically, these aren't in the park, but they are right next to it.

2020-9-18 Spindletop Park DSC_0254 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

This pump jack was going when I was here last year. It wasn't this trip.

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The viewing platform, looking out over the oilfield.

2020-9-18 Spindletop Park DSC_0294 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

You have to cross the train tracks to get to the park (and it's the only entrance/exit) so when I heard the locomotive fire up, I got a bit concerned, but they didn't start moving any cars around, thank goodness.

2020-9-18 Spindletop Park DSC_0298 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

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Cool, Rosemary!

One of the places I lived in Southern California was across a couple of streets from a coastline oil field with a bunch of oil jacks which were still in use when I lived there in um, 1967 to 1970, That was when I had the Afghan Hound and I used to take him out to the oil field which had a dirt ring road around it and road work him every other day.

Eventually they closed down the jacks, fenced the whole area off from people and dogs, I got a divorce and moved and a friend who was a general contractor bought a chunk of it and put in expensive semi built to spec houses there.

Old history but I loved the pictoral history of an oil well boom.

Thanks a bunch.

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Sometimes as a well starts to get pumped out, or for those that don't produce much, they basically put them on a timer, so it's possible the one you saw which had stopped going is simply only pumping a few times an hour.

I had to laugh a little, or wonder, or something, about the printing on this plaque:



Is that the labeling for the park display (this is an oil well, in case you folks didn't know:)), or do you think there was a company named "oil well"?
 

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All three pump jacks had EMSCO embossed on them somewhere. I don't know if the sign is original to the jack, or if it was added when the put it in the park. It was the only one with a counterweight, maybe because of where the pivot point is?

I'd heard about the park years ago, but couldn't figure out where the heck it was until I started geocaching, and went looking for the Earth Cache located there.

This is the Google Earth view of the park.

Spindletop Park Google Earth view by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr
 

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Not exactly visible from anywhere—did it even have a sign on a "main" road on the way in?
 

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Not exactly visible from anywhere—did it even have a sign on a "main" road on the way in?
Nope. The only real clue I had from consulting Google Earth after looking on the geocaching website for the cache location was "Take the first left that doesn't lead directly to an electrical box after you pass the sign for the RV park on the right". Nearly missed it the first time, and thought I'd taken the wrong one this time around as well.

And West Port Arthur Road is BUSY...
 
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