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Treasures and Tidbits - It's a Gusher

It’s a Gusher!

By Verlie Edwards

Have you ever experienced something that stuck in your mind forever? I bet the answer is a big YES! I know that’s how it is for me.

I don’t remember how old I was, maybe between 6- and 8-years-old when I witnessed something few have probably ever seen.

Oil wells were a common sight in west Texas and I grew up around them because my uncle was involved in the oil business. There were dry holes and producing wells all around Abilene, Texas, my hometown.

One warm summer day the phone rang and it was my aunt telling mother to gather me and my brother and be ready to leave in five minutes. My uncle had called that a well they were drilling was about to blow!

We moved faster than I had ever seen. We jumped into the car, drove outside town and rushed to the drill site.

Picture a flat pasture, winds blowing and a wooden oil derrick standing tall among the scrub bushes. Then, all of a sudden the well blows and the proverbial “black gold” shoots high into the sky and sprays over the derrick. It was a sight to see and not be forgotten. It’s a day I’ll never forget!

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