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    Early Gusher

    by mrclay2000 Updated Oct 28, 2003

    In Johnstone Park stands the so-called Nellie Johnstone #1, the first commercial oil well constructed in Oklahoma. The rig stands next to Caney Creek on Seminole territory in the 1870s, where oil was first discovered seeping into the river. It would take twenty-one years before Johnstone and others could obtain drililng rights from the Indians (1897). This partially reconstructed well appears on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Nellie Johnstone #1
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    Personnel and Information Transit

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 27, 2003

    In the later days of 19th century rail travel, depots served as information exchanges as well as platforms for rail travelers. Telegraph offices often commandeered part of the depot and sometimes postal services were conducted here. The present photograph from Johnstone Park is removed from the Hulah Lake area outside of Bartlesville.

    Hulah Depot, Bartlesville
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    Frank Phillips Home Life

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Frank Phillips Home is supported mainly by the Frank Phillips Foundation. Under such solid footing the mansion asks only donations at the front door. As a true baron, Frank Phillips slept in a room painted like a forest, with three bearskin rugs upon which to rub his feet before getting into bed. His wife however slept in a larger bedroom decorated lavishly in a style that might have pleased Louis XIV.

    Frank Phillips' bedroom, one of several such rooms
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    Frank Phillips' Legacy

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Today, visitors enter the Frank Phillips Home by ringing the front doorbell and waiting several minutes for attendants to reach the door. Provided you are not part of a commercial production and won't use a tripod, photography is permitted. In this way you can wander among the sumptuous furnishings, the Phillippine mahogany woodwork, the exquisite chandeliers and the extensive library -- on your own.

    the main parlor, Frank Phillips Home
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