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Virden in Virden Municipality, Manitoba — Canada’s Prairie Region (North America)
 

Virden's Oil Heritage

 
 
Virden's Oil Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 19, 2022
1. Virden's Oil Heritage Marker
Inscription.  
This pump jack is located over an original oil well
at
Surface Location: 06 22 10 26 W1M
The Regent Drill company drilled the well
for the
Murphy Oil Co. Ltd.
The hole was spudded in on March 29, 1955
The rig was released on April 9, 1955 and the
well was in production on July 4, 1955

The well has a total depth of 2128 ft. With the
bottom of the well located under the Royal Canadian Legion Clubroom
The well was abandoned on October 5, 1969

This well operated for a total of 4096 days
producing 70,175 barrels of oil and
204,466 barrels of water

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources. A significant historical date for this entry is March 29, 1955.
 
Location. 49° 50.837′ N, 100° 55.799′ W. Marker is in Virden, Manitoba, in Virden Municipality. Marker is on Lyons Street West just east of 8th Avenue South, on the right when traveling east. Marker and pump jack are located on the north side of Victoria Park, just east of the tennis courts. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal
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address: 721 8th Avenue South, Virden MB R0M 2C0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The Fifty-Millionth Barrel of Crude Oil (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Virden, Manitoba.
Virden is a town in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. Oil was first discovered in 1951, and Virden has since come to be known as the "Oil Capital of Manitoba".
(Submitted on June 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Manitoba Communities: Virden.
Virden was established in 1882 as a stopping point on the Canadian Pacific Railway as it moved west across the prairies. Initially known as Gopher Creek, for a creek that flowed into the Assiniboine River, its name was changed to Virden in 1883, for the country estate of the Duke of Manchester, who served on the CPR Board of Directors. Oil was discovered in its vicinity in 1951, making Virden the centre of Manitoba’s “oil patch.”
(Submitted on June 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Virden's Oil Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 19, 2022
2. Virden's Oil Heritage Marker
Marker is mounted directly in front (on the right) of the pump jack.
Pump Jack and Capped Well image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 19, 2022
3. Pump Jack and Capped Well
(looking east • marker is visible on the left side)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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