The Oil Patch Museum in Russell tells the story of how oil is found and refined and showcases historical artifacts pertaining to finding and drilling for oil. The air conditioned museum tells the story of the Lucky Seven members and the drilling of the Carrie Oswald #1 oil well. The first discovery well drilled in 1923 in Russell County opened petroleum drilling to 2/3rds of Kansas. Visitors can see exhibits on the drilling and production of oil as well as taking an outdoor tour of cable tool drilling rigs, rotary drilling rigs, pulling units, steam engines, and pump jacks used throughout history.

I-70 Exit 184



11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Saturday and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sunday


4:00 PM - 8 PM


Museum & House open WEEKENDS 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Oil Patch Museum Closed Labor Day - Memorial Day

Off season visits and school tours are welcome. Please contact Russell Historical Society 785-483-3637 or
Russell Convention and Visitors Bureau 785-483-2828

The Russell County
   Historical Society & Genealogy Society

Russell County Historical Society and Genealogy Society
P. O. Box 245 or 331 Kansas Street Russell, Ks 67665
Phone (785) 483-3637

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