RICH STRIKE OF NATURAL GAS ON
BRADSHAW CREEK, McDOWELL COUNTY;
SCHEME TO PIPE IT TO BLUEFIELD AND
OTHER NEIGHBORING TOWNS
There is great excitement in McDowell over the discovery of natural gas. While drilling a test well to find the thickness of the various veins of coal on the John D. Payne farm, on Bradshaw Creek, natural gas was struck and poured forth in a vast volume, making a roaring noise that could be heard at some distance. It was ignited by the fire in the engine and blazed high in the air.
Prominent local capitalists have gone to see it with a view to getting control and furnishing it for lighting and fuel purposes to Bluefield, Pocahontas, Bramwell, and other coal field towns. This strike means so much to this section. With natural gas small industries will flourish. This also indicates that there is oil in that section and will probably be the beginning of great development in the neighborhood.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph,
August 23, 1902
Submitted by June White