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.
Kenai National Moose Range
KPC Anthropology Lab
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