Some milestones should be observed; when Robert Galbreath and his partner, Frank Chesley, staked their fortune on a lease and a rig they had no idea their well, the Ida Glenn No. 1, would discover a giant oil field and begin a legacy of Oklahoma oil production that would last into the 21st century (April 2005 EXPLORER).
Their well "came in" at 5 a.m., Nov. 22, 1905. Eastern Oklahoma quickly became a magnet for investors and roughnecks looking to make their fortune, and the eastern Oklahoma oilfields powered the U.S. economy.
The Ida Glenn No. 1 was "plugged" in 1917, but later re-entered and plugged to modern standards by Texaco during a waterflood operation in the early 1960s. Tulsa area oilmen and historians observed the week with appropriate ceremony and speeches, and the city of Glenpool held a parade and street fair. But there was no actual observation at the wellsite until five Tulsans -- champagne-in-hand -- made a pilgrimage through the thicket to the site.
The wellsite is located in a thicket about 300 yards northwest of the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and 141st Street at Glenpool.
Champagne is optional.