Actual Site of Norman No. 1
Opening Well of the Mid-Continent Field


      From this discovery well the field first spread west then south to the
Gulf of Mexico. The Norman No. 1 was drilled in November 1892 by O. L.
Bloom of Independence for William Mills of Osawatomie on land owned by
T. J. Norman of Neodesha. The hole was bottomed at 832 feet in 22 feet
of Neodesha Bartlesville Oil Sand on November 28, 1892. On October 1,
1893, the well was shot by G. M. Perry of Oswego. Its initial production
was 12 barrels daily. After producing for 26 years, it was abandoned
because of leaky casing. C. E. Vickers, field foreman for the Prairie
Oil and Gas Company, pulled the casing from the well in 1919.

Joe W. Allen, Historian

Marker text sent by Robert Walter, Pittsburg, KS

Wilson County  

S. 1st St. and E. Mills
In park on west bank of the Verdigris River
Neodesha, Kansas
Wilson County


September 13, 2000 / Bob Walter / Wichita, Kansas /

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