Snapshots of the past
The Ross Creek oil pool in Estill County, Ky., was by far the most active in the state. The activity was brought on by the division and sale of a large tract (the J.F. Harris farm) into drilling lots 20-by-40 feet. There were about 20 oil companies, including the Comet Oil Co., the original lessee, that drilled this farm. In the above view there are 15 producing wells and four drilling rigs.
With thanks to Phillp Sparks of Irvine, Ky., we have two photos illustrating the heyday of oil drilling in Estill County, Ky. In the photo below, a crew is pictured standing on and around a Bessemer engine. The specific location of this scene is not known, but the image is from an old postcard.
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