Wichita County, Texas

The Wild West was being tamed when in 1905 the President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was the guest of Samuel Burnett at a wolf hunt in the “Big Pasture” area of what would later become the State of Oklahoma. Burnett was a flamboyant figure whose 6666 Ranch covered much of the North Texas – Southern Oklahoma area.

In 1905, part of the vast Burnett empire was sold to Frank Kell and J.A. Kemp of Wichita Falls who were building a railroad through Burnett’s ranch to the “Big Pasture.”

A town lot sale held by Kemp and Kell on June 6, 1907 marks the official beginning of the city which would later become world famous as the center of a gigantic oil boom. At the suggestions of Teddy Roosevelt, the town was named for his wolf hunt host, Burk Burnett.

The oil-crazy days were dramatized in story and song and later became the subject of the Clark Gable – Spencer Tracy movie, Boomtown.

In every aspect, Burkburnett is a progressive community. It looks to the future as well as to its historic and colorful past. Burkburnett continues to merit its name of: “Boomtown, USA!”

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Haynesville Shale

The Haynesville Shale is a prolific, dry, natural gas-bearing play that stretches across east Texas, northwestern Louisiana. This Upper Jurassic age formation was deposited about 150 million years ago in a shallow offshore environment. It was named after the town of Haynesville in Claiborne Parish Louisiana, about 65 miles northwest of Shreveport and just south of the Arkansas border. The Haynesville discovery well was drilled by Chesapeake Energy in Desoto Parish in March 2008. Today, the Haynesville Region is the third largest natural gas producer in the United States, behind only the Appalachian and Permian basins. As of December 2020, the number of working rigs is up 25% in the Haynesville since July 2019.

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