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Scar

Was wandering the backroads of Beaver County today and stumbled across this old thing....

 

I think it is a water well rig from the 20's or 30's.  Anybody have any wisdom?

 

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strato-caster

Looks like a typical rental return at Avis...

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Tilkut

Helicopter prototype?

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SxSetter

Horse driven ice auger

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Scar
3 minutes ago, SxSetter said:

Horse driven ice auger

 

 

You, sir, have NEVER been to Beaver County, OK!

 

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Spiller

Wow, that is really cool...I wonder what it is too....

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Scar

After looking at some images online I'm convinced that this is a horse pulled (but tractor driven) drilling rig either for water (most likely) or perhaps oil.  It sits all alone on the side of a hill surrounded by miles of open prairie.  The nearest populated town is about 20 miles east.  The nearest populated homestead is 3 miles south.  How and why it would be sitting in that spot for all those years is puzzling and fascinating.  

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idcut

It would be cool to know the story behind it. It is a interesting looking piece of equipment!

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MAArcher

Whatever it is, its cool!   I love hearing about lost relics.

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Larry Brown

Be careful with that relic stuff.  I'm going to be celebrating a birthday shortly.  But come to think of it, if I get lost while out hunting, I do hope somebody finds this particular lost relic. :)

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WyomingArt

Possibly, and just a SWAG. A rig to install windmill pumps and drill pipe. Pipe had to be straight and plumb with the top of the tower.  Other than that guess , no clue. 

I forwarded your photo to a couple old guys who grew up on ranches with horse powered implements. They might know. 

Somewhere in Oklahoma is an old timer who knows about this outfit.

 

Thanks for posting. I sure like seeing  this old gear, hope someone takes it home and restores it. 

 

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vabirddog
35 minutes ago, Scar said:

After looking at some images online I'm convinced that this is a horse pulled (but tractor driven) drilling rig either for water (most likely) or perhaps oil.  It sits all alone on the side of a hill surrounded by miles of open prairie.  The nearest populated town is about 20 miles east.  The nearest populated homestead is 3 miles south.  How and why it would be sitting in that spot for all those years is puzzling and fascinating.  

I agree that galvanized pipe/ casing suggests water. Shaft driven in front gearbox, long screw drive underneath?  If tractor driven was tractor pulled though. Steam tractor/engine perhaps. Probably abandoned on the somethousanth dry hole of the dust bowl. They had Dempster horse drill but I dont see this as one. 

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Zoli 16ga.

Send a photo to the local museum?

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WyomingArt

vabirddog: You just might be right on. And steam tractor sure is possible. I recall PTO might have been available about 1920's on gas tractors. Our tractor was old, but not that old. 

 

Wow, and did that trigger a recollection when you mentioned Dempster Horse Drill.   My family used a horse drill about 1955 to put in a well on the family farm. The horse walked in a circle underneath a wood derrick to drive the drill.  Not a Dempster but similar. My job was to stay out of the way and care for the horse and horse manure.

Thanks for the heads up.

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idcut

As I was looking at the photo, I was wondering if perhaps it could have been driven by a PTO from a tractor of some kind!

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