Big Rapids-Reed City oil and gas history. Throughout Mecosta and Osceola Counties there has been a long history in the oil and gas industry. This videos I produced back in the 90’s I think. Working with the Reed City Historical Society. Learn how it started with Mr. W.C. Taggart in Mecosta County and grew from there.
According to the Clark Historical Library at Central Michigan University, In the 1940’s “The Reed City Field was the biggest single field strike of the decade. The Osceola and Lake County field stretched across about 5,300 acres and has produced more than 49 million barrels of oil from the Traverse, Dundee, Reed City, Detroit River and Richfield formations and over 29 billion cubic feet of natural gas from the Stray, Dundee and Detroit River formations.”
Another field that made it big states the Clark Historical Society, “The Cedar Field of Osceola County was found in 1943 by Ohio Oil Company. It would produce 1.1 million barrels of oil and 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas from the three formations: the Stray at 1,500 feet; the Dundee at 3,800 feet; and the Richfield at 5,000 feet. That same year, the Union-Ohio-Atha partnership found Osceola County’s Rose Lake Field, good ultimately for 1.8 million barrels of oil from 18 wells.”
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