Discovery 1 Park
Where Oklahoma Oil Began!
Entrance of Johnstone Park
Rig Exhibit – Year-round, every day.
A Free Attraction!
About the Park
The state’s oil boom of the early 20th century began in Bartlesville, Indian Territory, in 1897 when the Nellie Johnstone No. 1 well became the first commercial oil discovery in what would become Oklahoma.
At Discovery 1 Park, see a full-size replica of the “cable tool” drilling rig that made this landmark discovery.
Pre-arranged group tours can watch the rig operate and erupt with a spectacular “gusher” reminiscent of this historic event.
Includes operating rig and gusher demonstration.
(918) 336-8708 or (918) 333-8062
Help Build the Visitor Center!
More than $700,000 in donations helped created this exhibit.
Additional funds are needed to create and adjacent Visitor Center and other improvements.
To help complete the project with tax-deductible contribution,
Send donations to:
Bartlesville Community Foundation
415 SE Silas, Suite 100
Bartlesville, OK 74003