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Accidental Oil Company

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Distance About 45 miles
Time Needed: 1 hour
Best Time To Go: Seasonal. Closes for winter on September 3.
Directions: US16A West, SD244 West, US 16W. Located on Highway 16 about six miles west of South Dakota-Wyoming state line.
Cost: N/A
Highlights: Producing, hand-dug oil well
Description: In 1966 a fellow named Al Smith dug a hole and discovered oil -- 24 feet down. And, ever since, his well has been producing oil as the Accidental Oil Company. Visitors can actually walk down into the oil well and view natural crude oil ooze from the rock. The site also includes a collection of antique oil drilling equipment and a gift shop inside a 10,000 barrel oil storage tank. Phone: 307-746-2042.
 
 
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