Neodesha in Wilson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Actual Site of Norman No. 1
Opening Well of the Mid-Continent Field
From this discovery well the field spread first west then south to the Gulf of Mexico. The Norman No. 1 was dirlled in November 1892 by O L Bloom of Independence for William Mills of Osawatomie on land owned by T. J. Norman of Neodesha. The hole was bottomed at 832 feet in 22 feet of Neodesha Bartlesville Oil Sand on November 28, 1892. On October 1, 1893, the well was shot by G.M. Perry of Oswego. Its initial production was 12 barrels daily. After producing for 26 years it was abandoned because of leaky casing. C.E. Vickers, field foreman for the Prairie Oil and Gas Company, pulled the casing from the well in 1919.
Joe W. Allen, Historian.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 37° 24.896′ N, 95° 40.358′ W. Marker is in Neodesha, Kansas, in Wilson County. Click for map. Marker is in the park off East Mill Street, just west of the Verdigris River. The oil well site is about 125 feet northeast of the marker. Marker is in this post office area: Neodesha KS 66757, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norman No. 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sgt Mike Ritter (approx. half a mile away); Brown Hotel (approx. half a mile away); World War II Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Soldiers of the World War (approx. half a mile away); Dutch Lorbeer (approx. 1.3 miles away); Opening of the Mid-Continent Oil Field (approx. 1.3 miles away); World War Homefront and Neodesha Cemetery Association Founders Memorial Pavilion (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Neodesha.
Also see . . .
1. 1893 Photo of Norman No. 1 Oil Well.
2. Norman No. 1 Oil Well at Kansapedia.
3. Norman No. 1 Site National Register Nomination.
4. History of Neodesha, Kansas.
5. Norman No. 1 National Historic Landmark Listing.
Categories. • Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 222 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.