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Norman No. 1 Oil Well Museum


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Norman No. 1 Oil Well Museum November 28, 1892, the Norman No. 1 oil well became the first and largest commercial oil well west of the Mississippi and it became the birthplace of the vast Mid-Continent Oil Field. Norman No. 1 was in continuous operation until 1919. The well was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978 because of the role it played in the history of the United States. The original site of the well is marked at First and Mill Streets in downtown Neodesha.

A replica of the Norman No. 1 Oil Well Derrick along with an antique steam roller and drilling rig are now located on the museum grounds. The derrick is 67 feet high. The museum gift shop features oil well souvenirs and handicrafted merchandise.

The main museum and information center displays artifacts contributed by citizens interested in the history of Neodesha.

Exhibits feature:

  • Miniature Derricks
  • Native American Artifacts
  • Historical Photographs and Art
  • Clown Memorabilia
  • Antique Dishes
  • W.P.A. Doll Collections
  • Farm Implements and Tools
  • Law Enforcement Items
  • Medical and Dental Instruments

Guided historical tours are available for schools, community groups and individuals.


Admission: Free Admission
Hours: March thru December
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday thru Friday
Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Address: First and Main Streets
Phone: 620-325-5316

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Norman No. 1 Oil Well Museum

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