Historical piece of oil pipeline donated to Madison County Museum


Harold Gene Wells donated an historic piece of wooden pipeline said to be a part from the first pipeline ever laid in the United States to the Madison County museum last week.

Although Wells now resides in Houston, he was born and raised on a farm in Madison County.  He began his pipeline career in 1947 with the Houston Pipeline Company and began welding with Williams Brothers on the Trans-Arabian Pipeline in Trans-Jordan in 1950.

In one of his many endeavors along his 70-year career in the oilfield industry, Wells met and befriended Joe Caldwell.  Joe Caldwell was the Director of Pipeline Safety and Regulations for all pipelines in the United States.

“Because of his lifelong ties here, and in recognition for our county’s ties to the oil, gas and pipeline industry, he (Wells) realized that the wooden pipeline piece belongs in Madison County Museum,” says Laura Cannon.

The museum’s exhibit displays a few photos and other memorabilia of the oil field and pipeline industry in Madison County.  Harold Gene Wells donation has provided a notable centerpiece, however, there is much more history from the area that could be added.

Madison County Museum welcomes any stories, photos or other artifacts related to this unprecedented era in history.