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More than a century ago, the area was home to oil derricks owned by the Hancock family.
Named after the Hancock family, who made a fortune by selling plots of land once their oil derricks ran dry, Hancock Park became a hot spot during Hollywood's Golden Age.
The explosion at the drilling site near Quinton, about 100 miles southeast of Tulsa, sent plumes of black smoke into the air and left a derrick crumpled on the ground.
Sometime in the Roaring '20s, The Houston Post’s graphic artist saw Houston in 1980 as covered in massive oil derricks, skyscrapers, and bustling traffic.
More than 600 bucket, utility and trailer trucks, and derricks to dig holes in the islands’ rocky terrain were shipped in by barge.
On the floor in front of the table are two model oil derricks, painted gold.
Baldwin Hills and its crown of oil derricks hovered in the hazy distance.
In the 1960s, as oil became the dominant industry in town, petroleum was added to the name and the logo became a shrimp in a hard hat wrapped around an oil derrick.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of derrick
First Known Use: circa 1752See Words from the same year
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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