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Valley Center Oil Boom


A prosperous Valley Center, Kansas, in the late 1920's.  In 1928, oil was found 1 1/2 miles south of town, on the Wright farm. In August of that year, the biggest oil gusher in Sedgwick County to that point came in unexpectedly, and began pumping up to 1,800 barrels of oil per day.  By 1929 oil derricks were scattered around the area, and the town "boomed" as speculators rented all available space, and many temporary structures were built.

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1960 Valley Center Diamond Jubilee


A collection of photographs and clippings from the 1960 Valley Center Diamond Jubilee, celebrating the incorporation of the town of Valley Center in 1885. The Diamond Jubilee set the stage for the first Valley Center Fall Festival in 1961.

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