South of the Border:"Iron rod jerk lines: powering oil well pumps for nearly 150 years "
November 20, 2019
Columnist's note: Travelers in north central Montana are used to seeing pumpjacks (oil wells) dotting the region. Around Oilmont on the way from Whitlash to the I-15 access north of Shelby (on S-343) we pass a sizeable area of small, older-looking oil wells. Some are pumping, others seem to be idle. There's also a lot of abandoned buildings and equipment that were used to produce oil and gas.
East of the town of Oilmont, about two and a half miles on the north side of the highway, there's a couple of metal buildings and some oil tanks. The smaller building has an above ground rod running o...