OPINION | Curtis Varnell: Boomers — Busey oil well no. 1 was the first big-time

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Six months after the oil boom hit the El Dorado field, another giant oilfield was discovered 12 miles north near the small community Smackover. By 1925, it was the largest-producing oil field in the world. Above are Smackover roughnecks.
(Courtesy Photo/American Oil and Gas Historical Society)

The ground shook and a rumbling came from deep within the ground. Fearful onlookers began to flee the immediate area. A black mushroom cloud rose high into the air, falling back onto the earth is dark, oily splotches.

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