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First Swanson River oil rig, 1959

Seen here is the first Swanson River oil rig, which heralded an altogether new era on the central Kenai Peninsula. Coastal Drilling from Bakersfield, California, was the first drilling company engaged by Standard Oil/Richfield. Seismologists had marked the spot, and a road had to be constructed to the site within the regulations of the Kenai National Moose Range. Jesse Robinson and Morris Coursen, two homesteaders who had had experience building the Sterling Highway were taken up in a small aircraft and they surveyed the route by streaming out rolls of toilet tissue.

Individuals

n/a

Collection

Mullen Collection

Location

Kenai National Moose Range

Date

1959

Photographer

Ray Sandstrom

Image Type

color slide

Dimensions

5cm-5cm

Condition

good

Identified By

Marge Mullen

Date Cataloged

2000-11-06

Archive Location

KPC Anthropology Lab


Use Agreement and Restrictions

All of the photographs in this collection are for personal, educational, or research use only. These images cannot be used for political, commercial, or advertising purposes. At the present time the college does not have the capabilities to reproduce prints from the image scans. For technical inquiries, or to report errors, please contact webmaster@alaska.edu.