City Park Walkabout- By Ken Bailey

Back in August we had one of our favorite bloggers and photographers and all round oil geek visit us here in the wild and remote west. Rangely's changed a lot over the years, and while he was here one hot August evening, Ken took a walk and noted some of the differences and changes. He writes:

 


I couldn't sleep. Sooo.... just as on my last visit, I put on my duds, slipped out of the motel, and did a dawn Rangely walkabout. This time, however, my wanderings were not merely confined to Main Street.

Staring at a good place to start -- the former site of dead oil well Mary E. Hefley #4 ... I cut south, past the old camp house my family once called home, and then into the City Park...

A place for RVs

 

"A standard derrick [and] nodding pump, nodding pump, for sixty years or more, had pumped the oil that built our town, and put it on the map ... today, old 4's a parking lot, where RV's take a nap." So said the poem that Billy Brenton put to music in 2016 (written by Yours Truly).. and so it is. Here is the RV parking lot where No. 4 pumped oil from 1947 to 2003...

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1) The same site, with Mary Hefley well #4 in place, 1967.

Morrison Ave

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 Morrison Avenue in the early morning, looking south. The City Park is in the distance ... but, first, I have a stop to make...

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This home is, or is near, the home for Mr. Grubb, the Art Teacher at RHS, back in my day. Today, another notable Rangelyite lives here... a man who was also a school-kid the same years I was, Mr. Kelvin White! Across the street from No. 4, no less!

A sign of home

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Here we go... who says you can't go home again? Bank left , Mr. Navigator, and put the landing gear down...

Coming Home, Sort of

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Cottonwood Drive. Model Rockets were built here. Lawns were mowed here to pay for oilfield film development. A schoolkid walked down this very street every day, fifty years ago. Today? I walk a bit more ... slowly -- my legs are not twelve year old legs anymore!

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"The Cottonwood, so big and tall, which graced our lawn with shade, and dropped a billion sticky leaves, which a thick carpet made -- upon our lawn, come every fall, today is dead and dry...." (From the poem again). Well, since I was here last time, the 'dead and dry' Cottonwood Tree has been removed ... it was just a ways to the right of the light pole. But that's the old homestead ... once a part of the Pipeline Camp, which -- with the adjoining Stanolind Camp -- was annexed into the town.

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Same house, back in the day. (1970).

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Oil Geek himself, back in the day

We aren't done here, we'll be posting the rest of Ken's Adventure in the wild and remote west Rangely in a few days so be sure to check back!