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Centennial Derrick, Phillips Cottage Style Gas Station,
          Historic Pump Jacks

The Centennial Derrick, North America's Tallest Derrick

The Centennial Derrick funded by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission, was built by a local steel contractor and constructed by Oklahoma craftsmen in celebration of Oklahoma’s Centennial in 2007.

The centerpiece of the Village, rises 154 feet high, making it North America’s tallest derrick. 

Centennial derrick and Route 66 shield, Tulsa
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Phillips Cottage Style Gas Station

As the country was expanding roads and uses for the new automobiles the oil companies were finding ways to get fuel to the owners. Cottage style gas stations became popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s due to a public backlash against early gas stations which were often little more than unsightly wood or tin sheds. The Phillips Oil Company wanted to reach into neighborhoods without causing concerns. They developed the “Type B” station in a Tudor style cottage design that could be built without a fuss. These stations, the most common of the Phillips cottage station designs, proved to be an iconic style that fit right in with most communities across the country.

Working Historic Oil-field Pump Jacks

At one time there were hundreds of pump jacks working in the Tulsa area, extracting crude oil from the ground. Very few oil wells came in with the oil gushing out as portrayed in movies. Most of the oil had to be coaxed out of the ground by various means, the most common of which was pumping. This "working" exhibit located
under the Red Fork Centennial Derrick contains several examples of vintage pump jacks dating back to the
1880s. Tulsa was home to many oil well equipment manufacturers like Hercules Tool Company.

Hercules Tool Company, vintage pump jack
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