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Borger in Hutchinson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Auxiliary Equipment from the Early Borger Oil Field

 
 
Auxiliary Equipment from the Early Borger Oil Field Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, June 7, 2022
1. Auxiliary Equipment from the Early Borger Oil Field Marker
Inscription.  The business of finding, producing, refining and distributing petroleum products has always required a great deal of specialized equipment. In addition to drilling rigs, pump jacks and tanks, a great deal of equipment specific to particular tasks is needed to get the job done.

Moving heavy equipment and providing power for operation, repair and maintainance of critical machinery are still essential components of the industry. Equipment made during this time was built to last and due to this fact these pieces survive today.

The examples shown here are among the last remnants of the early Borger oil field.

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Lower Left: Heavy Duty - Transport Dollies
One of the day-to-day jobs in the oilfield is moving very heavy equipment. Rough terrain, heavy loads and remote locations are just part of the job. In the early days of the Borger field, horses and oxen were often used to get the heavy machinery where it was needed. The dollies shown here were used together - often with many others, to enable oil men to transport their loads over rough ground.

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Auxiliary Equipment from the Early Borger Oil Field and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, June 7, 2022
2. Auxiliary Equipment from the Early Borger Oil Field and Marker
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Electric Generator
Powered by a gas or diesel engine, generators like this one had a big effect on how work was done in the early oilfield. Until electricity became widely available, animals, engines and manpower provided the power. Early drilling rigs were lit by oil lamps and torches at night because lights and electric tools weren't possible until generators such as this one arrived from manufacturers far away from this remote Panhandle oil field.

Lower Right: Travelling Block
Travelling blocks are part of the block and tackle system on an oil drilling rig. The block and tackle system lifts the drill stem as well as other heavy components which are used to drill the well. The crown block is a heavy-duty pulley attached to the crown platform - a steel deck on the top of a drilling rig. Wire rope drilling line runs through the pulleys of the crown block to the traveling block. The traveling block moves up and down between the crown block and the rig floor , thus lifting the load.

Upper Right: Schramm Air Compressor
Compressed air was used to power many pieces of early oil field equipment as well as for tools necessary to maintain machinery.

 
Erected by Hutchinson County Historical Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce
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Location. 35° 40.36′ N, 101° 23.373′ W. Marker is in Borger, Texas, in Hutchinson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Main Street and East 7th Street. The marker is located in the courtyard north of the Hutchinson County Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 618 North Main Street, Borger TX 79007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1950 GMC Winch Truck (here, next to this marker); Allis-Chalmers/Cooper Winch Tractor (here, next to this marker); The Panhandle Oil Boom & the Borger Field (here, next to this marker); Nitro Storage Safe & Do-It-Yourself Drilling Rig (here, next to this marker); Bessemer Gas Engine (here, next to this marker); LeRoi Motor-Generator Set (here, next to this marker); The Huber Paraffin Scraper (here, next to this marker); Boomtown (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Borger.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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Aug. 10, 2022