Oil and Richard C. Knight: Searching for oil in Rhea County in 1900
An oil drilling rig was set up by Richard C. Knight in 1900 on his property that is now located near what is now Daytonā€™s Mark Anton Airport.
Published: 4:02 PM, 03/08/2013
Last updated: 4:11 PM, 03/08/2013
Author: Pat Guffey Source: The Herald-News
As I have been "sifting"¯ through the papers of the late
Bettye Broyles, I have come across many items of interest which people had submitted to her for a
new book, or for the files of the Historical Society. One of those tidbits of substance was a
picture showing the drilling for oil around 1900 on the Richard C. Knight farm.
information from Virginia Knight Nelson, one of our Historical Society's lifetime members, and the
great granddaughter of Richard C. Knight, rights were acquired to drill and operate oil and gas
wells in Rhea County. However, she states that the wells were not successful financially
during this time of the late 1880's to early 1900's.
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