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Pump Jack Art Photos

Here are some photos of pump jack "art creations" or things that that people have done to make oil wells more attractive in small towns. You can find cleverly decorated pump jacks in many of the small oilfield towns throughout the  petroleum producing regions of the country.

an oilfield pump jack made to look like a grasshopper

This is one of the oldest stripper wells in the Luling oilfield. A stripper well is an oil well that produces 10 barrels or fewer per day.  This well is located in the backyard of a home in downtown Luling Texas. Note the children's  toys in the background. There is a lock on the gate and a 5 foot fence around the well, but what concerned me was how easy it would be for a child to crawl over the fence and possibly be injured by the belt drive or other moving parts on this old oil well's pump jack. This photographer saw a number of small stripper oil wells with pump jacks accessible to children around the town of Luling. There were dozens of very old oil leases around this Texas community which contained dangerous oilfield equipment lacking any kind of fence or protective barriers. Almost everywhere I looked there was an accident waiting to happen. Let's hope that the owners of the small oil wells will clean them up soon and do more to secure them from children. As a photographer I can appreciate the rustic beauty of aging pump jacks and equipment, but there are some things about these leases that need to be brought up to standards of the modern oil industry

Below: A cartoon cut out of a boy catching a fish on a rusty pump jack. The boy and fish appear to move as the boat stays still.

pump jack art, mural of boy fishing on Oilwell

Luling pump jack with filming go driving old 1950s car

Here's a small pump jack featuring a flamingo driving a 1950s car. Again, I'm a bit shocked by the lack a guard over the moving belt drive and how low and poorly maintained the fence around this oil well was. I think sometimes when oilfield equipment such as this tiny pump jack has been around for so many years, it becomes a feature of the landscape. Because of that, and possibly because of ignorance new oilfield safety standards, owners of small independent oil companies may have trouble noticing such oilfield safety hazards.  Having worked on many modern drilling rigs and platforms, the safety hazards in the old oil fields like this one jump out at me. Most of the oilfield photos on this site show well maintained, safety oriented modern oil rigs and equipment in operation, but I also wanted to include a few oil and gas equipment photos showing places where the industry needs to address some of the legacy issues left over from the "good old days".

Below: Luling pump jack owned by M&S Resources, in the center of town featuring cow jumping over the moon.

Luling oilfield pump jack with cow jumping over the moon.

Below a Tony the Tiger orange pump jack in Luling owned by WW Energy.

Orange pump jack with Tony the Tiger metal cutout.

Ducklings appear to bob up and down in the water, as the pumping unit nods its head.

stripper oil well in small pump jack decorated with baby ducks in Luling Texas

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