Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. 

383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042

316-321-9333

El Dorado, Legacy Of An Oil Boom/Oil Dorado DVD

Shop

El Dorado, Legacy Of An Oil Boom/Oil Dorado DVD

Book-DVD Pair.JPG
Book-DVD Pair.JPG

El Dorado, Legacy Of An Oil Boom/Oil Dorado DVD

40.00

The discovery of oil in El Dorado, Kansas.  Oil from El Dorado paid for the WWII war effort.  

DVD Gusher in the El Dorado Field!  From 1910-1950 oil permeated every aspect of life in Butler County.  Story of the oil boom in Butler County, Kansas.  Written by Jay M. Price, Wichita State University

Add To Cart

The discovery of oil in El Dorado, Kansas.  Oil from El Dorado paid for the WWII war effort.  

DVD Gusher in the El Dorado Field!  From 1910-1950 oil permeated every aspect of life in Butler County.  Story of the oil boom in Butler County, Kansas.  Written by Jay M. Price, Wichita State University

Publisher Comments: In 1915, workers struck oil at a well in Butler County, Kansas, called Stapleton #1. Over the next several years, civilian and military demand for oil transformed what had once been the farm towns of Augusta, Towanda, and El Dorado (pronounced El Dor-AY-do in local parlance) into petroleum communities. Risk-taking entrepreneurs supported drilling and exploration that brought wealth to some and loss to others. Teams of geologists, using what were still novel and experimental techniques, fanned out across the prairie to find the right places to drill. Workers found employment that was hard and dangerous but offered excitement and opportunity. Families of those workers set up new lives in company towns such as Oil Hill and Midian. Drilling, refining, and related industries supported a wide range of activities. Oil money financed the budding aviation industry in neighboring Wichita, which literally launched the resources from under the ground into the sky. While the petroleum industry changed in the years that followed, the Butler County oil boom has lived on in the companies, the people, and the very landscape of the region.