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SPE Student Chapter Marietta College Visit Museum

Chapter members and guests visited the Parkersburg Oil and Gas Museum.  The tour started off with a video on how the American oil and gas industry started. The video also showed some old pumping units that used a single line and wooden wheels to pump all the wells in old, large fields.

The group standing in front of some oilfield art. From left to right: Aaron Kurts, Philip Burnham, Dean Bendele, Craig Enos, Ryan Ellis, Heath Pottmeyer, Scott Burnham, Ryan Godwin, Steve Shamblin, Matthew Johnson, and David McCain.

After the video, the students walked around the museum and discovered the wooden wheels and other old oilfield tools such as horse transported fire carts and a nitro glycerine canister.   At the end of the tour, they went outside to look at an old wire line and service truck.

The students said it was amazing to see how far the industry has come in the last century.