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Kansas Historical Marker

The Gas That Wouldn't Burn

Kansas State Historical Marker
Cowley County
US-166, Cowley County
Roadside turnout, 12 miles west of Cedarvale at K-15 junction

      Natural gas in this locality was first found in 1903 at Dexter, five miles north. The town, envisioning a prosperous future, advertised its discovery far and wide. Crowds gathered to see the well fired, then watched in dismay as the roaring gas blew out every flame near it. For two years it was scornfully called wind gas. Then analysis revealed that it contained almost two percent helium.