You may remember that on Tuesday, I indicated with this photo in the WWC, that I would give a history lesson later in the week. It will just be some interesting details and some links for those interested in finding out more.
This photo is of the educational display set up at the rest/tourist info stop at the South entrance to Edmonton. When we were there, it was still tucked away in the back.
Originally they had a large sign right on the rig itself that said Leduc No 1 and that was what I had been hoping to photograph. When you saw that sign after a long days driving, you knew you were getting close to home. Of course now, it tells you nothing, you have to be looking for it and it is within the city limits already.
This plaque tells a bit of the history behind the rig. (sorry about the pigeon marks)
This rig has been here at the entrance to the city for as long as I can remember, but I honestly think this is the first time I have been this close to it. There is now a park and the info stop set up around it.
They still have the machinery you would see on a rig set up.
And underneath, they have the drill heads.
I took this just because I could.
Way back in November of 1946, no one thought that there was oil under Alberta's wheat fields. By February 13th of 1947, they found out differently when the Leduc # 1 blew in and changed the course of our Province. It was not the first well in Alberta, there had been a field South of Calgary, but it was being depleted rapidly.
" Leduc No. 1 stopped producing in 1974 after the production of some 317,000 barrels of oil and 9 million cubic metres of natural gas."
This link has an old photo and sound track of the well blowing in, if you click on the second clip, it shows the well blowing in. This link gives some facts and this link is a teaching site with all the info you could want. This is a short article about the well coming in.
Since the Leduc # 1 well came in Alberta has gone from being one of the poorest provinces to one of the richest in Canada. We also manage to keep our province rat free - yes, the four legged kind (last paragraph under Fauna).
Have a good day all.