Weber Pumping Derricks By Ken Bailey

Blogger Ken Bailey writes about how the only company that used pumping derricks in the 40s-50s was Pan American, also known by Stanolind (Standard Oil Of Indiana)

Pictured: Mary E. Hefley #4 in 1967, photo by Ken Bailey. The garages are still standing, but everything else in this picture is gone in 2016

Pictured: Mary E. Hefley #4 in 1967, photo by Ken Bailey. The garages are still standing, but everything else in this picture is gone in 2016

HERE'S THE LIST FOR RANGELY WEBER PUMPING DERRICKS:

An old hand told me recently that only one company of those drilling out the Rangely original deep Weber field in the 40's-50's (486 original wells) utilized pumping derricks over the wells. My map labels that company as "Pan American," which the old hand called Stanolind (Standard Oil of Indiana).

I did some checking, and -- sure enough -- all pictures and memories I could recall of pumping wells with standard derricks show "Pan American" as the driller on my map. They drilled leases spread all over the field, from the town of Rangely itself clear out to the slopes of Mellen Hill. I had to look at my old map and make a quick list/count:

8 wells Associated;
1 well Chase Unit;
4 wells J. E. Coltharp;
7 wells; W. H. Coltharp;
4 wells Earnest Oldland;
2 wells S. A. Guiberson;
4 wells Mary E. Hefley
1 well C. E. Hill;
10 wells Mary C. Hagood;
10 wells L. N. Hagood;
1 well Hagood Unit;
4 wells Mary E. Hefley
4 wells S. B. Lacy
1 well C. Larson;
2 wells F.A. Larson;
15 wells F.V. Larson;
7 wells M. B. Larson;
2 wells Associated Larson;
4 wells A. C. McLaughlin;
4 wells Newton Associated;
3 wells; Gustave Nikkel;
1 well; J. E. Pepper;
7 wells E. Rector;
4 wells C. R. Stoffer;
3 wells Walbridge
2 wells; Georgianna White;

Total, 114 of the 486 original weber wells had pumping derricks over them when they were producing, probably with Lufkin 64s under each, as this seemed to be the pattern. It is further interesting that in every case, without exception, the original Lufkin pumper was placed dead west of the well head ... never east, north, or south, and never at an angle. This is just a quick, rought count on my part, and I may be off a well or two, but there you have it, folks! One out of every five original deep 9Weber) wells in Rangely once had a pumping derrick.

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