Oklahoma History Center Park Offers Oil and Gas Insights

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Coming as no surprise, the oil and gas industry will be well represented when the $60 million Oklahoma History Center opens on Nov. 19.

Museum officials late last week dedicated the Devon Energy Oil and Gas Park. The exhibit will include past exploration and production equipment collected over the past 100 years and will be part of the center's overall facility at 2401 N. Baird St.

Devon Energy contributed $500,000 to the oil and gas park project.

This park is an educational asset for people inside and outside of the state, and it gives all of us an opportunity to see and touch a part of our history and celebrate an exciting facet of our heritage, said Devon Chief Executive Officer Larry Nichols.

The oil and gas park will feature three derricks, including the cable tool derrick of the 1930s, the rotary platform of the 1940s and the portable rig of the 1950s. Also, a wooden rig, the Nellie Johnstone, Oklahoma's first commercial oil well, will be erected sometime next year.

Oklahoma Historical Society officials said they were thankful for Devon's support. …

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