Discovery 1 Park

What is Disvovery 1 Park

Discovery 1 Park - Where Oklahoma Oil Began! is located in Bartlesville's historic Johnstone Park and includes the area around the site of Oklahoma's first commercial oil well, the Nellie Johnstone No. 1. The park began as an official Oklahoma Centennial project and now features the only operational 19th century cable tool rig complete with "gusher" in the United States.

The historic site is open during public park hours. 30 minute guided tours for groups of 10 or more include seeing jthe cable tool rig in operation and the experience of a "blowout" that sends a plume of water over the top of the 84-foot high derrick.
To schedule a guided tour go to Discovery 1 Park or call the Bartlesville Convention and Visitor's Buireau at (918)336-8708.

How can I help Discovery 1 Park?

Fundraising for the Visitor Center, a Path of Petroleum Pioneers and additional exhibits at the Nellie Johnstone No. 1 is ongoing. If you would like to support Discovery 1 Park, please make checks payable to "Bartlesville Community Foundation" and write "Discovery 1 Park" on the memo line. For address and additional information see the "Donate" page.

If you would like information on becoming a major sponsor of Discovery 1 Park please call the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce at (918) 336-8708. A member of the Discovery 1 Park Project Team will contact you.

Discovery 1 Park is supported by over 100 donors including major sponsors: the State of Oklahoma, Bartlesville Lyon Foundation, City of Bartlesville, ABB, Inc., BancFirst, Bartlesville Community Foundation, Coffeyville Resources LLC, & Greene Operating Company.

Who is the Discovery 1 Park Project Team

Robert Beard Keystone Beard Equipment Company
Former Mayor Julie Daniels
Dan Droege DBD Communications
J. Scott DuCharme Performance Petroleum Co.
Bill Johnstone BancFirst
Robert M. Kane Bullseye Operating LLC
David Kedy Arvest Bank
Terry Lauritsen City of Bartlesville
Kay Little
Bartlesville Area History Museum
Michelle Martin Discovering History
Mike May Bartlesville Area History Museum Trust Authority
Guy Sutherland Phillips Petroleum Co., Retired
Maria Swindell Gus
Bartlesville Convention & Visitors Bureau

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