Papoose City

Written by Judy Goodspeed
Non-Fiction / Oilfield History
(80 pages) 6×9 Trim
Illustrated with B/W Photos
Published by Dragonfly Publishing, Inc.
Available in hardback and paperback

On August 1923 a gusher blew in, forever changing the lives of an Oklahoma farming community. Witness the birth and death of Papoose City. Experience the discovery of oil and the building of a gasoline plant. Then walk through the process of reclaiming the many acres of land damaged in the search for black gold. Follow the people who lived and worked there. Get to know Mattie who loved to dance, Gertie who worked at the boarding house to be near her sweetheart, and P.J. who picked up rivets to pay for his college education. Meet Tom Slick, Waite and Frank Phillips, oilmen who were instrumental in the development of the Papoose Oilfield. Generously illustrated with 36 black/white photographs.

HARDBACK [EAN 978-1-936381-29-6 | ISBN 1-936381-29-X] 6×9 library casebound (80 pages) B/W | Average Price: $18.99 || Retail listings include: Hardback at Barnes & Noble | Hardback at Lulu |

PAPERBACK [EAN 978-1-936381-30-2 | ISBN 1-936381-30-3] 6×9 library trim (80 pages) | Listed Retail: $12.99 | Average Price: $9.99 || Retail listings include:  Paperback at Amazon | Paperback at Amazon UK | Paperback at Barnes & Noble | Discount Paperback at Lulu |

EBOOK (Abridged Edition) [EAN 978-1-941278-03-1 | ISBN 1-941278-03-5] Available in Amazon Kindle and EPUB (49,000 words) B/W illustrations | Average Price: $4.99 (or less) || Retail listings include: Kindle at Amazon | Kindle at Amazon UK | EPUB at B&N Nook | EPUB at Smashwords | EPUB also available at Apple iBooks, Axis-360, Blio, Kobo Books, Overdrive, Scribd, and more! | Kindle available (in English) through most Amazon international sites.


“PAPOOSE CITY is a slice of American history during the oil boom days of the 1920s. Readers learn about life in a boom town through the personal narratives of Mattie Muirhead Dillman, Gertie Jones Reed, Billy Bob Richardson, P.J. Primm and others. They talk about daily life, meeting friends, falling in love, the ebb and flow of growth and the tough side of life among roughnecks. Historical photos, maps and other documents are included. Papoose City: The Life and Death of a 20th Century Oil Boomtown is unique due to the research involved. Author Judy Goodspeed conducted personal interviews of people who lived in Papoose City, Oklahoma. This book has been in the works for many years. Goodspeed lives in the area and her family’s land was once part of Papoose City. Included in the tale, is the damage done to the area from pulling oil out of the ground and the forming of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) to restore the scarred land. Book includes index and bibliography. Papoose City is an interesting, well-written read.” ~ Desiree Webber, Director, Mustang Public Library (Mustang, OK) [FIVE STARS]

“PAPOOSE CITY (by Judy Goodspeed) is an amazing reading experience. The book is well written and explores life in the oil boom camps of yesterday.  Most of us have heard about these camps, but until now we knew very few facts or details about them.  The reader will also feel just how close the families in these camps were, and the many memories that have been indelibly printed on the hearts of the camp’s children. Not only is the text first-rate, but the photographs are priceless.” ~ reviewed by Charles W. Leewright (author) [FIVE STARS]

“A fascinating look at a short-lived 1920’s Oklahoma oil boomtown that includes the birth of the OERB, which now cleans up old abandoned well sites.” ~ Amber Sparks for Sparks Reviews [FIVE STARS] 

“As an author of non-fiction books, I’m always looking for other non-fiction to inspire me, and PAPOOSE CITY, The Life and Death of a 20th Century Oil Boomtown has done that. Author Judy Goodspeed began researching and writing the story after listening to her father’s tales of Papoose City/Slick City, Oklahoma, during the days of the oil boom in the early 20th century. Goodspeed’s personal connection to the stories told here resonates in her interviews with former residents of the tiny area. In their own voices, people who lived through good times and bad recall details of oil discovery, drilling, boom and decline of the affected communities. From Mattie, the girl who loved to dance, to P.J. Primm, who rubbed shoulders with the icons of the new industry, we learn about their lives and loves, their heartbreaks and great successes. This is a small book by current standards, and a fast read illustrated by historic photos. And although it leaves the reader wanting more, it is a terrific 4-Star book. Whether you’re a history buff or not, PAPOOSE CITY is definitely a book worth reading.” ~ reviewed by Pat Kelley for Roserock Reviews [FOUR STARS]


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