This picture by Jack Nolan shows the old Bankhead Highway south of the railroad tracks in Odessa, Texas. Photo courtesy of Petroleum Museum, Richard Donnelly Collection (69-029.003).
For the better part of the 1900s, oil field companies set up housing camps near boom towns to lure both white-collar and blue-collar workers. These camps provided basic shelter for workers and their families. But they also created a sense of community. The stories from these camps are part of a new project we’re working on in Marfa Public Radio and West Texas Public Radio.
We want to explore the stories and culture of these company camps. If you grew up in one we want to hear from you. Fill out the survey below and we’ll be in touch. Feel free to share the survey with anyone you know who spent time growing up in these oilfield camps.
You can fill out our oilfield camp survey below or here.