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Location DB > United States > Texas > Electra > The Oil Patch Office
The Oil Patch Office
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created by Explorer Zero on 12/3/2007 1:27 PM
last modified by The Good on 11/10/2017 9:27 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A tract of arid land, unknown size, a played out oil patch with some wells, some valves, some old pump jacks, lots of dirt roads and several old buildings.

The main building featured in this location is about 3000 square feet in size on pier and beam with steel panel on wood frame construction.

There is an active business on the property directly to the east of this location and recent tire tracks and utility supplies suggest this property, if not this building are active.
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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Electra, Texas
United States
Owner: unknown
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    Quiet desolation mostly and a pair of barn owls I wasn't able to get a photo of. Lots of junk left by squatters or residents.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
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  • long pants / sleeves
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    Best I can do for now is tell you that this was part of Texaco Oil Pipeline Inc. and it was directly involved in collecting crude oil from the nearby production fields and sending it down the tubes to Beaumont but it does not appear to ever have been a pump station.

    Local history. In 1900 local rancher W.T Waggoner needed water for his cattle so he drilled a well. Then another. Finally he got tired of of pumping nothing but smelly black ooze out of the ground and told somebody about it. Word got around that he had struck oil.

    In 1911 the Clayco well brought in a gusher and its still producing today. Soon Electra had more oil wells than people. There are 14 different oil companies still in production here.

    These buildings were probably pipeline maintenance and administration related. They appear to be from the Electra boom days which were in the 1940s. No corporate artifacts or records were found.

    There has been some long term squatter activity in the front office or it may have been a legitimate residence at some point. Personal effects, childrens toys and junk unrelated to the petroleum industry were found inside.

    Now it looks like the city or county utility company uses this property to dump wasted powerline poles and other assorted junk so it may be official property. The only occupants I saw however were rats, coyotes and owls.
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    Tue, Dec 4th, 2007
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 11/14/2017 7:39 AM.

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  • on Nov 14 17 at 7:39, Steed validated this location
  • on Nov 10 17 at 21:27, The Good changed the following: Prefer Satellite, Status, Web Links
  • on Oct 24 14 at 23:44, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Oct 24 14 at 17:30, Explorer Zero updated the main picture
  • on Oct 24 14 at 17:24, Explorer Zero changed the following: Display Name
  • on Oct 24 14 at 17:21, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture On the level
  • on Oct 24 14 at 17:21, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Attic view
  • on Oct 24 14 at 17:21, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Attic load
  • on Oct 24 14 at 17:21, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Not an exit either
  • on Oct 24 14 at 17:20, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Work shop
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