Opening Well of the Mid-Continent Field
Kansas has long been oil country. There are legends that Indians held
council around the lights of burning springs. Immigrants, it is known,
skimmed "rock tar" from such oil seeps to grease the axles of their
Three blocks southeast, on the banks of the Verdigris, is the site of
On November 28, 1892, when drilling reached 832 feet, oil began to flow.
Mills plugged it and hurried to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with samples.
On October 1, 1892, the well was shot by G. M. Perry of Oswego, Kansas.
Oil was first drilled in Kansas in 1860, near Paola, Kansas, but the
Marker text sent by Robert Walter, Pittsburg, KS