Creator

Date Original

1920-1923

Description

This collection contains a photograph of oil workers at the railroad crossing in Smackover looking toward Death Valley in 1922, a poem about leaving Smackover, a railroad ticket leaving Smackover for El Dorado, and a drawing of a knight in armor.

Biographical/Historical Note

Smackover is a city in Union County, Arkansas, and was home to one of the largest oil discoveries in the nation. Oil production hit 70 million barrels by 1925. Smackover was incorporated as a town in 1922, and went from a population of ninety to 25,000 between 1922-1925. On the east side of the Missouri Pacific tracks in Smackover, was a district nicknamed “Death Valley” for its rampant prostitution, gambling, and drinking. Oil workers were cautioned against entering Death Valley.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Smackover, Union County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.0170.0010

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Smackover Oil Workers papers, SMC.0170.0010

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Smackover Oil Workers papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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