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Posted 2 years ago

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miKKoChris…
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I am posting this for fellow enthusiasts of Oklahoma Petroleum History.

This photo was taken of a gathering of ladies whose husbands worked for Carter Oil in Oklahoma. I do not know the occasion for the gathering. My Grandfather was an Engineer for the firm, and my witty and deeply gracious Grandmother appears in this photo. She is pictured at the outside of the bottom row - the smiling lady with the smooth, blunt-cut bobbed hair and long dark dress. Reverse of photo bears the following identification, written in her impeccable script: "Carter Ladies at Mrs. Wadi's, May 1925."

Although Houston, Texas is now regarded as the Oil Capital of the World, for much of the twentieth century the honor belonged to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Early in the twentieth century, great oil deposits were discovered in Oklahoma, among them those at Red Fork (1901) and Glenn Pool (1905). A number of small towns or camps sprang up around the sites. Carter Oil Company developed a community for its workers and administrators, and their families. It was a close-knit community.

Carter Oil Company was founded in 1893. It soon became a subsidiary of Standard Oil. Later, it would prove significant to the development of Exxon. In 1915, Carter moved its headquarters to Tulsa. Carter was an innovative and dynamic firm, and it played a formative role in the development of Oklahoma’s ‘oil patch’. In 1923, Tulsa oilmen organized the first International Petroleum Exposition and Congress (IPE).

An interesting website explores the history and remains of old ‘Carter Nine’ camp/community. The website states that Carter built the community to avoid the lawlessness rampant in some other oil boom towns. It provides a most interesting photographic tour of what remains of an old Oklahoma oil patch.

http://www.abandonedok.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1474&p=3851

Follow two other interesting sites that discuss some of Oklahoma’s contributions to the Oil and Gas Industry.

http://www.okmoga.com/html/highlights.php
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00352/cah-00352.html

Thank you.

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  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Bellin68!!! : D
  2. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 2 years ago
    I remember miKKo, nice job on the history of Carter Oil & the oil boom of the 1920s. Tulsa had to fight hard to become the "oil capitol of the world" , it was just several wood frame buildings & a ferry crossing. The smallest of the surounding towns, the citizens pooled together and built a bridge across the Arkansas river to make access to the oil fields in the red fork zone. But oil could'nt be transported by water or overland, & the railroad was already planning a route to nearby (and larger) Sapalpa. The town leaders wernt above unscrupulous acts to get what they wanted. Tulsa 101 . Im still keeping an eye out for a Carter Oil sign miKKo, there pretty rare though. Thank you for posting this info. Oil is finiky, i guess Duabai should be concidered the oil capitol now, at least until there reserves run dry, ive heard in the next 20-25 years. where's the next oil capitol going to be? who knows.
  3. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    Great Photo!!!
  4. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, mikielikesigns2, Manikn, musikchoo!!! : D
  5. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, mikielikesigns2. Thanks much for your nod of appreciation and for elaborating on the history!!!

    Yes, Tulsa's history a fascinating one, and one she can be proud of. I think that the good and brave people in the oil and gas community inspired in the greater community that grew up around them a 'can-do' attitude and a willingness to work together for the common good, and I think that this spirit is still very much alive today. Yes, I'm sure that there was some monkeying around in politics because that's human nature. Show me a perfect society, and I'll show you a cemetery. By the way, for those of you unfamiliar with OK oil and gas history, it was the people of Tulsa who brought forth the great "Oil and Gas Journal".

    mikielikesigns2, I hope you post many more oil and gas Show and Tell items. You possess a treasure trove of industry information and history, and I very much look forward to learning from you.

    Re the oil capital of the world: I still call it "Houston". Houston has the greatest constellation of superstar Engineers, producers, and supporting industries in the world. It may be true that Dubai has greatest reserves, and Dubai is certainly a player, but it isn't the capital of the oil and gas world, I submit. The intellects still collect in Houston. Thanks again!! : ) miKKo
  6. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you, musikchoo! Yes, I love that old photo too.

    Just look at all the dirt. It must have been quite a chore keeping one's family in clean clothes alone. God bless those brave pioneers. miKKo
  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, bottle-bud and packrat!!! : )
  8. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Scandi!!! : ) miKKo
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    A very candid photo, the older gal in the middle is pulling the hair of the one next to her, love it.
  10. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Hedgewalker and walksoftly!!! walksoftly, you have very good eyesight - I never noticed that. : )
  11. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Thank you miKKo, you were just too focused on your grandmothers nice smile.
  12. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, bratjdd and walksoftly!!! : )
  13. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, officialfuel!!! : )
  14. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Manikin!!! Hope this brutal heat wave passes you by quickly. : )
  15. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bellin! Thank you very much, sir!!! : D You have made my day! Presently, I am working with numbers. I will come up for air tonight and try and post something. Perhaps some photos from Tulsa Petroliana. Hope your day is a blessed one! miKKo
  16. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Deanteaks!!! : )
  17. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, vetraio50!!! : )
  18. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Luisa!!! : )
  19. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Kathycat!! : )
  20. Bikenstein Bikenstein, 2 years ago
    A happy bunch of ladies. You get a feeling they are all close friends, no doubt some of them were. A nice picture to have of your Grandmother.
  21. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much, Bikenstein, for your appreciation and very kind words!!! : )
  22. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much, gargoylecollector!! : )
  23. inky inky, 2 years ago
    I love the fact that they look like such a happy bunch of ladies and that your Grandmother was a part of of it, a lovely photo mikko the M!
  24. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much, inky!!! : ) Good to see you! Been away for a week. Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful new posts tomorrow!

    Yes, these Carter Oil Ladies do look happy, don't they? Walksoftly pointed something out that I had missed, namely, one of the ladies is tugging at the hair of another. My Grandmother was a lovely person, and I bet these other ladies were too. Thanks again! : ) miKKo the M
  25. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for your very kind appreciation, Vestibule1965!!! : )
  26. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for your very kind appreciation, crabbykins!!! : )

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