Living in Elk City, Oklahoma
During the oil field boom on 1981-82, I worked as a driller around Elk City, OK. Elk City was a town of about 1000 that grew into 10,000 overnight. Many of the roughnecks were renting out cots for 8 hour shifts. We were lucky. My company rented a double-wide trailer at the Ramada Inn in Elk City for my crew and me. My Brother, Doug, worked for me there for a while. I also had a couple of illegal Canadians from Saskatchewan named John and Rene. The pay was good and we worked lots of hours. There was a bar right there at the motel and I was lucky enough to hook up with a waitress there. There were at least 20 men for every woman in town. As you can imagine, there was a lot of drinking and fighting going on. It was really a "wild west" boom town kind of environment. We were mostly drilling deep holes for gas around Cheyenne, OK. I drove a 1967 Chevy with a propane system. One day on the way to work we caught it on fire. Eventually, we had had enough and I moved back toward Shawnee. I ended up working for Continental Drilling and decided to rent an apartment in OKC.
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