El Dorado in Butler County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Gypsy Spudder
This Cable Tool Drilling Machine, Serial No. 5, was manufactured in Chanute, Kansas by Sutcliffe Pipe & Supply, Joe H. Sutcliffe, owner. Built in early 1949, this is the only known remaining machine.
"The Gypsy" was found on a farm east of Chanute, Kansas. It was moved to the Kansas Oil Museum in August 2008 to honor Joe H. and Velma Edith Sutcliffe, and their sons: Ronald F., Donald L. Terry J., and Dale D. Sutcliffe.
Donated by Ronald F. and Leah W. Sutcliffe of Midland, Texas.
Erected by Kansas Oil Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features.
Location. 37° 49.021′ N, 96° 50.762′ W. Marker is in El Dorado, Kansas, in Butler County. Marker is in the fenced outdoor Kansas Oil Museum exhibit area of the Butler County History Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 383 East Central Avenue (US 54), El Dorado KS 67042, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Central Power Unit (within shouting distance of this Star Drilling Machine (within shouting distance of this marker); Pole Trailer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Model K Star Spudder (about 300 feet away); Tool Rack (about 300 feet away); Steel Oil Derrick / 1930's Cable-Tool Drilling Rig (about 300 feet away); Oil Field Lease House (about 300 feet away); Cable Tool Drilling Rig (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Dorado.
Also see . . . Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum. (Submitted on June 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 574 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on January 18, 2014, by Donald Sutcliffe of Wichita, Kansas.