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There is a reason why the derricks, pipe and drill bits used today bear a strong resemblance to the basic mechanics of Spindletop 117 years ago: the price of oil can only command so much investment in technology and still make a healthy return.
What remains is a ghost town with a 19th-century residence, schoolhouse, derrick, and barn.
Indian burial grounds, oil derricks and the city’s sordid, riotous history all come up.
The heat from the fire caused the derrick to collapse, which spread the flames across the site.
Nearly a half-hour drive north of downtown Oklahoma City, surrounded by oil derricks and vast expanses of grass, sat the first practice facility of the state’s only major sports franchise.
Who didn’t know a balabusta aunt or a neighbor who shared outward traits: a sofa-size bosom, no waistline, improbably blond curls, a voice—loud, genderless, booming—that could stop an oil derrick in mid plunge.
Few Republicans are eager to cheer the prospect of oil derricks sprouting in the view of the seaside mansions of often Republican-leaning voters in Newport and Laguna Beach.
Dense forests of derricks popped up around the nascent downtown and along the beach at Venice and near Long Beach on Signal Hill, which earned the nickname Porcupine Hill.
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Did You Know?
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, London was the home of a notorious executioner named Derick. Among those he beheaded was the Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux, who according to a street ballad of the time had once saved the life of the ungrateful executioner. While members of the nobility were accorded the courtesy of beheading, it was the lot of commoners to be hanged, and those sent to face the rope at the hands of the executioner Derick nicknamed the gallows at Tyburn after him. Throughout the 17th century, "derick" was used as a name for both hangman and gallows. After the days of public hangings, the word derrick was adopted as a name for a number of less ominous frameworks or towers.
DERRICK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of derrick for English Language Learners
: a tall machine with a long part like an arm that is used to move or lift heavy things especially on ships
: a tall tower that is built over an oil well and used to support and guide the tool that is used to dig the hole and get oil out of the ground
DERRICK Defined for Kids
Definition of derrick for Students
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