Chapter 4. Drilling: Part 1 History of Drilling - Drilling Today - Drilling Contracts. Drilling. Part 1 History of Drilling Drakes Well Cable Tool Drilling Rotary Drilling Drilling Today Drilling Contracts. History of Drilling.
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Drake really started drilling by April 1859, by August 1859 Townsend called it quits having sent a letter by stagecoach to Drake instructing him to abandon the well.
One afternoon before the letter had arrived Billy Smith went to check on the wells progress and found oil in the well bore. It was 69 feet deep.
Used from the 1860’s to the 1920’s regularly
Portable cable-tool rigs became popular up till 1950.
After this rotary drilling replaced most of it.
Boiler Avenue in Spindletop, TX
By 1903 over 400 wells had been drilled
Population rose in Beaumont from 10,000 to 50,000
The action of rotating the drill bit with the application of pumping fluid (Mud) through the drill string, drill bit, and annular to remove cuttings.