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Driving Route 66 through Oklahoma

Philips 66 Been there, done that, or at least most of that, anyway. Why? Maybe it's the appeal of the seemingly free, open, side road, or maybe just nostalgia. In any case, here are some photos from a 2003 trip through Oklahoma to Texas. There are many photos like them, but these photos are mine.
Oklahoma City bombing Memorial site:
Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial
2 Photos stitched using autopano, hugin, enblend, and Gimp.


View from the steps of the Oklahoma Capitol Building:
Capitol View
2 Photos stitched using autopano, hugin, enblend, and Gimp.

Note: Following Text was taken from monument and sign.

Oklahoma City Oil Field MonumentHorse Rider StatueOklahoma City Oil Field


Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Field discovery well brought in December 4, 1928, approximately six miles southeast of this marker.

From such beginning, sprawling Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Field became one of world's major oil producing areas, ranking eighth in nation during first forty years of existence. In this time field yielded 733,543,000 barrels of oil.

Discovery and development of Oklahoma City Oil Field added great stability to economy of Oklahoma - providing financial incentive for cultural and industrial progress.

In tapping prolific Wilcox producing zone March 25, 1930, Mary Sudik No. 1 well blew "wild" for more than 11 days, thereby distinguishing itself as "most publicized oil well in world."

Capitol and Statue ViewRapid development of field, and problems created thereby, sparked passage of first comprehensive state legislation for conservation of oil and gas, thus providing model statutes for other states to follow.

To reach oil reserves underlying Oklahoma State Capitol Building, one well was slant drilled from across street to oil sands beneath capitol.

Discovery well and "Wild Mary Sudik" were both drilled by Indian Territory Illuminating Oil Co., an affiliate of Cities Service Oil Co., and by Foster Petroleum Co.


Geology, Oklahoma City Oil FieldOklahoma Industrial Development and Park Commission

Oklahoma City Oil Field

Pre-Pennsylvanian Geologic Map / Structural Cross Section

The Oklahoma City Field is one of the giant fields of the world, having produced more than 735 million barrels of oil and more than 2 trillion cubic feet of gas from 26 producing zones through 1969. The ultimate recovery from this field is estimated to be 770 million barrels.

Geologists first recognized a structure favorable for the accumulation of oil near Oklahoma City in 1917, but it was more than 10 years later that the Indian Territory Illuminating Oil Company (Later Cities Service) drilled the discovery well of the Oklahoma City field. In December 1928, the Itio No. 1 Oklahoma City "blew in" while drilling cement at 6,402 feet. Initial gauge from the Arbuckle Dolomite was 6,565 barrels of oil per day.

Oklahoma Capitol and Oil RigThe reservoirs of this field are in porous sedimentary rock layers that were formed over eons of time by the accumulation of sediments in the seas that once covered this part of Oklahoma. Sedimentary deposition on the Pre-Cambrian granite "basement" began about 600 million years ago and continued with a few interruptions for nearly 300 million years, at which time a mountain range was formed by the upward arching and faulting of the granite. The growth of the range deformed and faulted the over-lying rocks, causing those on the west side of the fault to move to a higher elevation than those on the east and elevating the rock layers above sea level. The exposed rocks were then eroded to a relatively flat surface. This erosion surface, called an unconformity, is indicated on the cross section at the right by the wavy line. The map at the left shows the rock distribution on this surface and is, in effect, a geologic map of the area as it was 320 million years ago, before it was again inundated by the sea and covered by several thousand feet of Pennsylvanian and Permian sediments. Later upward movement of the buried mountain range and movement along the fault arched and disrupted these younger rock layers, although to a much lesser degree than the older rocks below the unconformity. All these geologic events produced conditions most favorable for the entrapment of oil and gas.

The pumping well to the left of this sign was directionally drilled so that it is producing oil from directly beneath the capitol building.

Supported by contributions from Oklahoma geologists | Oklahoma Geological Survey

Note: Previous Text was taken from monument and sign.

Bridge, Old Paved Route 66
Old, rusty, metal bridge at north end of Lake Overholser, to west of Oklahoma City.

Weight Limit 10 Tons (if you believe the sign).

Aerial photo





Unused, old, paved Route 66 side road, somewhere in the vast expanse of Oklahoma. Old Route 66 is never far from the newer Interstate highway, the railroad, or both.
Old Paved Route 66Old Paved Route 66, Towards InterstateOld Paved Route 66


Remnants of previous travelers?
Old Bones at the Side of The Road



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