John S. Beebe Photographs

MS B392

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2019.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Beebe, John S.
Title
John S. Beebe Photographs
Inclusive Dates
1921-1926
Identification
MS B392
Extent
0.05 linear feet (1 folder)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The John S. Beebe Photographs were copied from positive prints loaned by John S. Beebe, Sr. of El Dorado, Arkansas, from his private collection (images 1-44p), and from positive prints in the Lion Oil Company archives, loaned through the courtesy of Lion Oil Company Public Relations Department staff W. Edwin (Ed) Cox and Louise Ritchie of El Dorado (images B1-B5 and A1-A8), with the cooperation of the Arkansas Historical Association, in October 1973.

Images B1-B5 and A1-A8 were copied from 5" x 7" glossy prints; Images 1-40 were copied from 8" x 10" glossy prints; images 41p-44p were copied from panoramic views.

Processing Information

Processed by Samuel Sizer; completed in October 1973.

Preferred Form of Citation

John S. Beebe Photographs (MS B392), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville. Courtesy of Lion Oil Co., El Dorado, Arkansas.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Scope and Content Note

55 photographic negatives of wells, drillers and other workers, drilling operations, suppliers, tank cars, storage tanks, and other scenes, persons, and activities in the El Dorado and Smackover oil fields of Union and Ouachita Counties, and in and around the cities of El Dorado, Norphlet, and Smackover, Arkansas.

Subject Terms

The following persons, organizations, or topics are among those represented within the collection materials:

Lion Oil Company

Oil fields -- Arkansas

Oil well drilling

El Dorado (Ark.)

Smackover (Ark.)

Norphlet (Ark.)

    Detailed Description of the Collection

    The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

    Box LOC 285

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 1

    Laney No. 4 Well located about three miles northeast of Smackover in Ouachita County, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 2

    A typical scene at Smackover's new depot during the peak of the boom, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 3

    Hatfield No. 1 Well drilled by the Arkado Oil Company, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 4

    Smackover's business district in the early 1920s, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 5

    Vitek-Stringfellow No. 1 Well, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 6

    Marr-Saxon storage pond for raw crude, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 7

    Oil Operator's Trust Murphy No. 1 Well, commonly known as the Crater, as it appeared near Norphlet in late April 1922, 1922

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 8

    A partial view of the huge Crater created by the collapse of the Oil Operator's Trust Murphy No. 1 Well, as it appeared near Norphlet in late April 1922, 1922

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 9

    Stringfellow No. 1 Well drilled by the Vitek Oil and Refining Company, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 10

    These series of pipes and valves, used to control extreme gas pressure, make up what is commonly known as a Christmas Tree, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 11

    A Union County pike leading to an El Dorado oil field. Note the toll road to the left, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 12

    A typical shot of oil field workers near a producing well, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 13

    Railroad oil tank cars of the Arkansas Pipeline and Navigation Company being loaded near Smackover, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 14

    Hauling supplies to a Smackover oil field, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 15

    Workman No. 1 Well drilled by the Noe Oil and Gas Company, James A. Noe trustee, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 16

    A typical scene of a wagon buried in the mud, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 17

    A typical scene of wagons waiting their turn to cross Smackover Creek, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 18

    Burton Well located in the Smackover Field, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 19

    A typical scene of a burning gas well in the Smackover Field, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 20

    Loading oil field supplies to cross Smackover Creek, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 21

    Mullens No. 1 Well surrounded by earthen storage pits, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 22

    A typical oil field restaurant, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 23

    Gushing oil from the Laney No. 1 Well 60 days after its completion, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 24

    The burning Crater near Norphlet, created from the collapse of the rig of the Oil Operator's Trust Murphy No. 1 Well, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 25

    A typical crew being bathed in oil after the completion of a well. Note the casing stored inside the derrick., circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 26

    A typical storage pond of the V. K. F. Drilling Company, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 27

    Stringfellow No. 1 Well and its earthen storage pit, drilled by the Vitek Oil and Refining Company, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 28

    Ballard No. 1 Well drilled by the Graves Oil Company, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 29

    A typical scene of some of the first storage tanks which replaced earthen pits, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 30

    Raw crude flowing into earthen storage pits, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 31

    A typical scene of mule skinners and their teams which were so essential to the development of the oil field, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 32

    A typical scene of a wagon and team stuck in the mud. Note the drowned mule., circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 33

    Oil flowing from the Norris-Marr Well into earthen storage pits, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 34

    A typical scene showing the discharge of oil from the Laney Lease Pipeline to the Cunningham earthern storage pit No. 3, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 35

    Ballard No. 1 Well drilled by the Graves Oil Company, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 36

    A typical storage pit for raw crude, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 37

    Railroad oil tank cars of the Union Pipeline and Refining Company being loaded near Smackover, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 38

    An unidentified shot, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 39

    Bailey No. 1 Well with unidentified investors, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 40

    A stream of pipeline oil flowing into an earthern storage pit of the Imperial Oil and Gas Products Company, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 41p

    A full view of the giant Crater near Norphlet created by the collapse of the Oil Operator's Trust Murphy No. 1 Well, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 42p

    A partial view of the Smackover Field, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 43p

    A view of Smackover in the early 1920s, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image 44p

    A typical scene of oxen pulling an oil field pot. Oxen were better at pulling in the mud than mules., circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image B-1

    The Bussey Armstrong well of Jan. 10, 1921, circa 1921

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image B-2

    A typical crew being bathed in oil after the completion of a well. Note the casing stored inside the derrick., circa 1921-1926

    Duplicate of image 25

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image B-3

    Hauling supplies to a Smackover oil field, circa 1921-1926

    Duplicate of image 14

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image B-4

    A picture of Hamburger Row as viewed from the Presbyterian Cemetery, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image B-5

    Another scene of Hamburger Row and a view of South Washington, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image A-1

    Rock Island depot, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image A-2

    Court House square mid 1920s, circa 1924-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image A-3

    Court House square early 1920s, circa 1921-1923

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image A-4

    Norphlet in the early 1920s, circa 1921-1923

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image A-5

    Norphlet in the mid 1920s, circa 1924-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image A-6

    The Ku Klux Klan near El Dorado in the 1920s, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image A-7

    Jail scene at Smackover; prisoner's hands are barely seen on bars, circa 1921-1926

    Box LOC 285 Folder MS B392 Image A-8

    Aerial photo of El Dorado, 1921

    END OF COLLECTION

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