Drumright Historical Museum
Located a short distance west of Tulsa on Highway 33, this museum is housed in a 1915 Santa Fe Depot on the National Register of Historic Places. The eight-foot murals in the central room are not only eye-catching, they tell the history of Drumright and Oklahoma in five segments. The murals detail the arrival of the Spanish and French, trappers and traders, the Trail of Tears and the discovery of oil. The Oil Room offers a large collection of memorabilia and tools used to drill vastly rich oilfields. Outside on the museum's grounds sits a collection of large equipment used in drilling and producing oil. Visitors will see a cannon on the front lawn that was used to shoot the bottoms out of burning oil tanks.
This museum focuses on the unique history of the first great oil discovery in Oklahoma. In March of 1912, the discovery of oil on the Wheeler farm in Creek County started the greatest oilfield in the world at that time. Eighty thousand people swarmed into the area, erecting wood and canvas shacks in oil camps throughout the hills over the great oil deposit that became the Drumright Field. The towns of Drumright, Shamrock and Oilton materialized seemingly overnight. By 1917, the Drumright Field produced more oil than any other in the world. A colorful collection of workers, promoters, hustlers and grifters rushed to the field that included the world’s first million barrel well. Permanent homes were built and community life began to displace the tumult in the boom towns.
The town of Drumright has changed since the days of the oil boom, but the history remains. This unique museum provides an intimate history of life in Oklahoma, particularly oil boom towns. Located in the center of colorful Drumright, one-half mile from a discovery well, the museum continues to grow and improve in fulfilling its mission to take visitors into an exciting past. The museum also hosts various seasonal events in the town. Students of history will be enlightened, and children will love the railroad cars and old machinery.