Academic journal article Alberta History

A Century of Turner Valley History 1914-2014

Academic journal article Alberta History

A Century of Turner Valley History 1914-2014

Article excerpt

Wet gas can be seen issuing from the wellhead at Home Oil No. 1, June 9,1927.

Calgary capitalists visit the Dingman discovery well. At centre with his hands on the barrel is Thomas A.P. "Tappy" Frost, while third right is Phillip W. McCrystle. All expected to get rich as a result of the oil discovery.

After the discovery of oil at Turner Valley, a common practice for Calgarians was to form a motorcade and have a picnic at the site.

Two distinguished guests, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, are seen here during a visit to the Discovery Well on July 28,1914. The duke was the governor-general of Canada and his visit was widely covered in the British press. Speculators hoped this would encourage British investors and arouse the interest of the British navy.

Representatives of Colliers Weekly magazine were among the guests at a tour of the Dingman Well. Drillers Joseph Brown and Martin Hovis filled jars with oil for souvenirs.

An oil drilling crew is served a meal from a mobile cook shack at Turner Valley, June 1945. …

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