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Carr-Bartles Mill

Washington County
Location: at north edge of Bartlesville
Material: Aluminum
Topics: Industry/Business, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Agriculture

In 1870, Nelson F. Carr built a gristmill on the Caney River. A few years later, Jacob Bartles bought the mill and added a flour mill. The mills were the first commercial enterprises in what became the city of Bartlesville.

Frank Phillips Home

Washington County
Location: at 1107 South Cherokee in Bartlesville
Topics: Petroleum, Family/Household, Early Statehood 1907–1941

Phillips Petroleum Company founder Frank Phillips built the Greek Revival home in 1908.

May Brothers

Washington County
Location: north of Washita River, four miles east of Fort Cobb
Topics: Retail, Early Statehood 1907–1941

May Brothers was established in Bartlesville in 1910 in this building by H. M. May and his five sons: Ben, Max, Harry, Paul and Jacob. It is the oldest retail store in Oklahoma operated continuously by the same family.

Oklahoma's First Commercial Oil Well

Washington County
Location: on the south bank of the Caney River in Johnstone Park, Bartlesville
Material: Aluminum
Topics: Petroleum, Territorial Period 1861–1907, Natural Resources, American Indians

Nellie Johnstone No. 1, the first commercial oil well in Indian Territory, was completed on April 15, 1897, by the Cudahy Oil Company on the south bank of Caney River. The site is 3.1 milies northwest of this marker.

Tom Mix Museum

Washington County
Location: at 721 North Delaware, Dewey
Topics: Arts, Social/Cultural, Early Statehood 1907–1941

One of the most nearly complete collections of Tom Mix memorabilia, the displays at this museum offer graphic illustrations of the early-day motion-picture industry and one of its famous stars.

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