Well-Meaning Efforts To Revive Symbols Of UT’s Oil Wealth Run Dry

Those who want to restore historic oil drilling equipment haven’t found the money or support needed to move forward with preservation.

By Mose BucheleMay 14, 2018 9:30 am| , , , ,

From KUT:
As a boy in the 1950s James White remembers going with his father to his job in the oilfields of the Permian Basin. His dad would give him a five-gallon bucket, some soap and a scrub brush and come back to check on him hours later.

During those hours of scrubbing in the west Texas sun, he developed a passion for oil rigs and pump jacks.

“It’s kind of like a carnie loves to watch his Ferris wheel go around,” he said. “You become attached to that piece of equipment.”

White maintains and preserves a vast collection of old oilfield stuff at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. He gets paid for his hobby, he says.

But the preservation part can be tricky.

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