Matador, Texas: Bob's Oil Well

Built by Texan Luther Bedford "Bob" Robertson in 1939 atop his gas station. The steel derrick is 84 feet tall, and at one time was outfitted with lights.
Address:
Bailey Ave., Matador, TX
Directions:
At the intersection of US Hwy 70/Bailey Ave. and Hwy 70/Pipkin St.
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Bob's Oil Well.

Bob's Oil Well

Built by Texan Luther Bedford "Bob" Robertson in 1939 atop his gas station. The steel derrick is 84 feet tall, and was outfitted with lights. Bob was so successful at attracting customers that his station eventually boasted a zoo with lions, monkeys, and a cage of rattlesnakes, but he died unexpectedly in 1947. His widow, Olga, kept the Oil Well going (she even installed bigger lights), but it closed in the 1950s. It's essentially remained as it was since then, and now has its own historical marker.

[Black Beard, 07/27/2012]

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