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RESURRECTING THE OIL DERRICK: Kimball oil derrick has a new home


Sydney Yalshevec

Crews put up the Kimball Oil Derrick last week on city land near the golf course. It can be seen from the interstate as drivers head down the road. The derrick was originally used by the BW Drilling Company in the 1960s and 1970s.

Those driving down the I-80 will no doubt have a new landmark in their line of vision near Kimball. Last Wednesday, the Kimball oil derrick was raised and placed on land out by the golf course.

The BW Drilling Company used the derrick in the 1960s and 1970s. After that time, the company donated it to the City of Kimball. It did so because oil is a big part of the history and heritage of Kimball. The derrick itself was built in 1949 in Texas, and was brought to Kimball by BW Drilling. The derrick stood tall for quite sometime until the state decided that it did not want the derrick on its l...

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