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


Memorial Day to Labor Day Hours:

Oil Patch Museum Hours
Daily 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Fossil Station Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
(closed Sundays and Mondays)

Gernon House & Heym - Oliver House
Summer Hours of Fossil Station or by private appointment

All Entities available by appointment Year Around call
Office 785-483-3637

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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