University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
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Mentor

Dr. Edward Andrus

Keywords

Arkansas history, Arkansas oil speculation, Eureka Springs history, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, blue sky law

Abstract

On October 4, 1921, Sure Pop Oil Company held a barbecue to celebrate the newly built oil derrick and attract new investors in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The Eureka Springs Historical Museum has photos from the celebration. Local lore suggests that the oil company owners were "confidence men" who were out to "fleece" the citizens of Eureka Springs. A clearer picture of the Sure Pop Oil Company and its president can be attained by studying newspaper articles and census records. Start with the zeal after the discovery of oil in El Dorado, Arkansas, coupled with the lack of federal and state legislation protecting investors, and throw in a dash of human greed, and you have a recipe for disaster.

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