A display at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum in Bowling Green, Ohio tells stories of late nineteenth century oil wells.
The Wood County Historical Center & Museum oil rig display. In Ohio, oil is typically found at about 1,325 feet; Pennsylvania, 1,100-1,300 feet; and Indiana, 1,600-1,800 feet. Oklahoma and Texas wells are typically 5,000-7,000 feet deep.
Factory photo of the Acme Sucker Rod Co., manufacturer of Acme engines, in late 1800 or early 1900. Acme, based in Toledo, Ohio, was later renamed the S.M. Jones Co.
An 1897 16 hp Acme Sucker Rod Co. engine with a 9-by-16-inch bore and stroke.
The power winch used to pull the drill out of the well. The large wooden wheel at right was used as a brake to stop and hold the winch in place.
The Wood County museum display features two original wooden crude oil storage tanks from local oil leases.
This 20 hp Ajax steam engine, built in the mid-1880s, was used to power drilling operations. The Ajax has a 10-by-12-inch bore and stroke, a 60-inch-diameter flywheel and a 30-inch-diameter belt pulley.
A push-pull power wheel. The Wood County museum unit has a double eccentric, and could run a higher number of wells by connecting at two different places.
Three drill bits.
A 16-foot wooden band wheel from the 1880s.
This 50 hp Oil Well Supply Co. locomotive-style boiler was manufactured in the 1880s in Pennsylvania.
The rig’s walking beam.
The Wood County Historical Center museum building.