November 12, 2021
Opening Remarks at 5:30 p.m.
3041 E Main Street
Farmington, NM 87402
Built By Gas Exhibit Opening Reception
Friday, November 12, 2021
Join the Farmington Museum Foundation in an opening reception celebration made possible by a generous anticipatory donation from Tom Dugan.
About the exhibit:
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.