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Opening Of The Mid-continent Oil Field

Kansas State Historical Marker
Wilson County
      Kansas has long been oil country. There are legends that the Indians held council around the lights of burning springs. Emigrants, it is known, skimmed rock tar from such oil seeps to grease the axles of their wagons. A mile southeast is the site of one of the most famous oil wells in the United States--Norman No. 1, first commercially successful well of the Mid-Continent field.

    US-75, Wilson County
    Roadside turnout, west of Neodesha