Bloomingdale in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Bloomingdale Oil Boom / Statewide Eﬀect of Bloomingdale Oil Boom
Bloomingdale Oil Boom
This 90 ft, 1930's era oil derrick is typical of the many drilling rigs that occupied the landscapes around bloomingdale during the late 1930's.
It was originally located in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and was donated to the Bloomingdale Area Historical Association in memory of Jack Long Senior by his son, Robert Long, president of Summit Petroleum Company, for the August 2008 70th anniversary celebration of the discovery of oil in Bloomingdale. The disassembly, transportation of over 150 miles, and reassembly in Bloomingdale was donated by Aaron Hartman, president of Christian Oil Company, Allegan, Michigan.
Donated by Summit Petroleum Company in memory of Jack Long, Sr.
Statewide Effect of Bloomingdale Oil Boom
In mid-August, 1938, near here, the Fisher-McCall Wiggins Estate #1 well drilled into the Traverse Limestone formation and struck oil in spectacular quantities, to become the discovery well of what would become known as the Bloomingdale Field. The Bloomingdale field would ultimately see 437 wells drilled, 45 of them on 80 acres of town lots within the village limits of Bloomingdale, and would produce more than ten million barrels of oil. Practically any space not taken up by people and houses
Information provided by Jack R. Westbrook, retired editor of the Michigan Oil and Gas News
Location. 42° 22.991′ N, 85° 57.494′ W. Marker is in Bloomingdale, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of W. Kalamazoo Street and Oak Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Augustus Haven Park near the Bloomingdale Depot Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Bloomingdale MI 49026, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Bloomingdale Oil Boom (a few steps from this marker); Kalamazoo and South Haven Railroad / Bloomingdale Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Bloomingdale Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Second Street Bridge (approx. 11.4 miles away); Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd (approx. 11.4 miles away); Welcome to Allegan (approx. 11.4 miles away); James E. Mahan Park (approx. 11.4 miles away); Allegan Civil War Monument (approx. 11.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomingdale.
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