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Cushing — Oklahoma's Wild Oil Boom Town

Colorized rendering of the historic early-twentieth century Cushing, Oklahoma oil field.


Cushing, Oklahoma is now the largest oil storage facility in the world and is the price settlement point for West Texas Intermediate crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Cushing contains 13% of total American oil storage capacity. The Payne County town of around 8,000 people is also known as the pipeline crossroads of the world, as so many large transmission lines originate and terminate there. Cushing looms large in oil and gas history. Historians Odie B. Faulk and William D. Welge crafted the vivid depiction of it which follows as an early, multi-county Oklahoma oil boom town. Excerpted from their splendid book Oklahoma: A Rich Heritage, it brings to life the great early-twentieth century Cushing-Drumright Oil Field Strike. The story will also appear in Volume 2 of The Oklahomans: The Story of Oklahoma and Its People (World War I – Present).