Exploring for Oil and Gas at Patricia

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Date: 1930 to 1955
Location: Patricia, Albertamap
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Photos and clippings from the Frohberger family collection. Can you add to them? More photos and explanation of of the images would be welcome. Add stories as well.

The Princess Patricia Oil field began in 1939. "The first power rig moved into the Iddlesleigh area in 1939, causing a fair amount of speculation." "Princess Number One blew out the winter of 1940. Several of the crew receivec fatal injuries in the accident. Others on shift at the time went through an experience they will never forget. Crews worked for three months under dangerous conditions to bring the well under control. The freezing temperatures made the job almost unbearable. Because of the gas, oil, and water blowing from the well head and showering down on them, the men worked in intervals of twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off. The well was finally brought under control and drilling was resumed to completion." [1]

wild gas well
Princess No. 1 from the South East.
drill stems pulled from Princess No. 1 by a truck

Horses were used in drilling in 1946.

well Drilling in 1946
well drilling 2

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