Built By Gas


November 12, 2021   FREE*

100 Years of Commercial Gas in the San Juan Basin

One hundred years ago San Juan County was a sleepy rural farming community. That all changed on October 21, 1921, when New Mexico’s first commercial natural gas well was drilled one mile south of Aztec. The well blew in with such force it could be heard ten miles away. Gas was piped into and sold in Aztec and later Durango, Farmington, and Albuquerque. From this humble beginning, the natural gas industry has, through waves of economic booms, busts and recoveries, grown into the economic powerhouse that has helped shape the entire Four Corners into what it is today. This first well is highlighted along with the subsequent events and timeline that brings us to the present.    

Opening Reception:
November 12, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Join the Farmington Museum Foundation in an opening reception celebration made possible by a generous anticipatory donation from Tom Dugan. 

This FREE event is open to the public and will include opening remarks at 5:00 pm along with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

This event is in coordination with the
Leadership San Juan Alumni Association. 

*$3 donations welcome. For more information call the Farmington Museum at (505) 599-1174.