Oldest Oil Field In The West - Florence, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member mr.volkswagen
N 38° 23.633 W 105° 07.384
13S E 489252 N 4249525
Quick Description: Located in front of the Florence City Hall.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 1/7/2011 11:28:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMAF0V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Miles ToGeo
Views: 6

Long Description:
The plaque is mounted to a stone placement. There is also a small to medium replica of an oil rig next to the plaque.

Plaque Reads:

IN FLORENCE AND SURROUNDING AREA
WAS DEVELOPED THE FIRST RECOGNIZED OIL
FIELD WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, AS
A RESULT OF THE DISCOVERY OF OIL BY
A.M. CASSIDY IN FREMONT COUNTY IN 1862.
MORE THAN 1,300 WELLS, AVERAGING 2,300
BARRELS PER ACRE, HAVE BEEN DRILLED IN
THIS 14-SQUARE-MILES AREA, INCLUDING
MANY WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS.
ONE MILE NORTH IS WELL NO. 42, DRILLED IN
1889, THE OLDEST CONTINUOUS COMMERCIAL
PRODUCING OIL WELL IN THE WORLD, IT HAS
PRODUCED MORE THAN 1,000,000 BARRELS.
Group or Groups Responsible for Placement:
The State Historical Society of Colorado and the Florence Pioneer Day Association


County or City: Fremont County, Florence

Date Dedicated: 1962

Check here for Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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