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rels per day, by bailing, and 2 dry holes had been completed. M. D. Cassidy, locator of a neighboring claim to the east, became aroused by this activity and organized the Cassidy-Swiftcurrent Oil Co., date of incorporation being July 15, 1905. Approximate location of the first test by this company, which may have been near a gas seep recognized by Cassidy, near the center of St. Louis Placer No. 1. Drilling began in 1907, and continued at intervals into 1909 to a total depth of about 2,800 feet, where the tools were lost. Natural gas was reported from depths of 430, 1,900, and 2,800 feet, the initial shut-in pressure being about 250 p.s.i. No measurement of volume seems to have been taken, but, upon being ignited, the gas flow from a 1-inch pipe is said to have burned to a height between 15 and 20 feet. Cassidy piped the gas into his house, where it was used for heating and lighting until 1914 when the flow ceased, due to caving in the hole. The Cassidy-Swiftcurrent well No. 1, therefore, has the distinction of being the first producing natural gas well in Montana, even though it had only one customer. Boulder Creek. Following Somes' discovery of oil in his entrance to his underground mine on Swiftcurrent Creek in 1902, other prospects in the Marias River formation were examined for traces of oil. Favorable indica- tions were reported in an abandoned working on Boulder Creek, Glacier (formerly Teton) County. Recognition of this seep may have contributed to the organization of the Swift Current-Boulder Oil Co., which soon acquired substantial acreage south of Swiftcurrent Creek. Drilling commenced in July 1904, the approximate site being south of the center on the left bank of Boulder Creek. A show of gas was reported in shale at a depth of about 1,750 feet, and a show of oil "of a superior quality" was found in the top of sandstone at a depth of 2,010 feet on July 8, 1905. Operations were abandoned at this depth in the spring of 1906. This persistent run of failure naturally resulted in loss of interest, and by the close of 1907 such random drilling had come to an end. The Con- gress passed the act establishing Glacier National Park on May 11, 1910, thereby precluding new ventures. In the meantime, the Lakeside and New Era placer claims in the Swiftcurrent District had been patented, and the patent for the St. Louis No. 1 was pending but held in abeyance as Sher- burne Lake project of the Bureau of Reclamation approached realization. More or less ineffectual efforts to recondition the two small oil wells and the gas well persisted for several years, but terminated in the summer of 1919 when the locations were flooded by water rising behind the Sher- burne Lake Dam. No other drilling on surface indications (seeps) has since been recorded in Montana. ■ Article supplied by Darryl L. Flowers, Publisher of the Sun Times in Fairfield, Montana, www., and can be contacted at Operators around the world have saved rig time, drilling mud, improved rig efficiency and safety with the Haggard Mud Dog ID Wiper - the only patented ID wiper tool. Time spent cleaning the rig floor, equipment and racking area equals big bucks. Let the Mud Dog Wiper do the work for you. ® HAGGARD ID WIPER, INC. Houston, TX • 281.330.6016 • email: • The goal of the Haggard ID Wiper is to aid in eliminating hazardous working conditions, creating a safer work area and protecting the environment. "Biggest Little Secret in the Oilfield!" • SAVINGS Enhance any and all H, S, E and T programs already in place. • SAFETY • ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Natural Gas Region ➤ continued from pg 39 Read online @ B A K K E N O I L B I Z . C O M / d i g i t a l - j o u r n a l 53

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