Workers—including a young boy—pose around the tunnel that a former coal miner dug to relieve the oil well fire at Harrell’s No. 7 in Vivian, 1911
A team of workers retrofitting Standard Oil’s North Louisiana pipeline to protect its steel from the soil’s natural acidity, 1914
Oil well fire at Stiles No. 94, Trees, Louisiana, 1913
Topographical map of North Louisiana's Caddo and Pine Island oil fields.
Geological map of North Louisiana, Northeast Texas, and South Arkansas.
1910 Census of Oil City, Louisiana residents
The improvised crane workers used to construct oil derricks atop of Caddo Lake, 1908
Oil well fire, Mooringsport, Louisiana, 1913
Oil City, Louisiana, 2014
Testimony from the 1919 court case determining who had the right to drill the oil under the land of David Raines and Joseph Herndon, two black cousins with adjacent farms.
1920 Witness subpoena from the legal case determining ownership of Lillie "Gussie" Taylor's Claiborne Parish farm--and its oil deposit.
Clement No. 1, Louisiana's first successful oil well. Jennings, Louisiana, 1901
The oil fields of Jennings, Louisiana, 1907.
Land Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Oil City, LA
The Savage-Morrical No. 1, North Louisiana's first success full oil well, 1905.
A 1902 account of an oil fire in Jennings, LA, which burned for six days
The Sneed Family in Mooringsport, LA, 1913
Stacey Landing (also known as “Stacy’s Landing”), a small community of tents near Oil City, LA
1912 photograph of Land Avenue, Oil City’s local hub of commerce and recreation.
1912 image of Oil City’s Land Avenue. According to legend, law enforcement tied up drunks to the tree in the center of the road.