July 29, 1918 – Burkburnett becomes a North Texas Boom Town
A wildcat well comes in on S. L. Fowler’s farm near a small North Texas community on the Red River.
The subsequent drilling boom will make Burkburnett famous – two decades before “Boom Town,” the 1940 motion picture it inspires. Future movie star Clark Gable is a teenage oilfield worker in Oklahoma.
The well is completed at the northeastern edge of Burkburnett, founded in 1907 – and named by President Theodore Roosevelt, who two years earlier hunted wolf along the Red River with rancher Burkburnett. Read the rest of this entry »