Myron M. Kinley 160RA well photo

“There once a derrick like those in the background at the point where you see the gas escaping from the pipe in this 65-foot crater. And the derrick was on the surface. The pressure, 2,500 pound per square inch and the heat from the blazing gas caused the ground to break into fine dust and blow away. For more than two years this process continued as engineers attempted to estinguish the blaze and failed. The steel in the derrick and other well equipment became a mass of glowing metal sinking lower and lower as the crater was formed.

 This pictures shows the wild Rumanian well, tamed by M.M. Kinley, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, American fire-fighter after the blaze was estingushed and before the gas was put under control. Imagine blowing out a fire, in a crater filled with hot metal, a furnace heated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. He had to get a few feet of the flame to do the job. 
This is a very poor picture – Kinley failed to bring back any good pictures excepting tiny Kodak snaps which were not clear. This is an enlargement and it is very bit as good as the smaller print. Perhaps, the artist can touch this up so that it shoe up properly.”
By courtesy of Jeff Spencer, 
President of the Petroleum History Institute