Drilling into Local History with a Water Well Drill

Wyoming collector rebuilds and restores water well drill dating back to the 1870s.

1870s cable-tool drill
This 1870s-vintage cable-tool drill with 15-foot derrick can reach depths of 300 feet. Larry spent eight months rebuilding and restoring the rig. "When I first saw it in a woodpile," he says, "it was about to be scrapped."
Photo courtesy Larry Fulton