Joshua Cosden built the Southwest Refining Company oil refinery in 1910. He sold it to Stone and Webster of Boston, Massachusetts in 1917. The Barnsdall Oil Company had discovered the nearby Bigheart (later Barnsdall) oilfield in 1916. The Barnsdall Oil Company, bought the refinery in 1921. The town was renamed on January 1, 1922 in honor of Mr. Barnsdall.
The town of Barnsdall experienced a tornado in April 1911, a major fire in March 1913 and a flood in September 1915. Despite these calamities, the population increased from 307 in 1910 to 2,099 in 1920. That proved to be the high point of population in the town.
Barnsdall Refining Company renamed itself Bareco Oil Company in 1940. It ceased refining oil in 1946 and began producing microcrystalline waxes that year. Petrolite Corporation (now part of Baker Hughes Inc.) bought Bareco and has continued to operate the plant.
E. L. Doherty bought the holdings of Theodore N. Barnsdall, founder of Barnsdall Oil Company, in 1912.
City Council meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm at City Hall:409 W. Main
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Important Message from City Officials
City of Barnsdall new Water Meters are being installed. You will see a crew out working installing and cleaning out meter cans.
New Animal Control Officer starting for the City of Barnsdall. Ticket Fees for Dog Running at large are $169.00 plus Court Fees $30.00
City Hall lobby will now open to the public.
Please take advantage of online bill pay or drop box.
Water department has several ongoing leaks that are schedule to be repaired
If you have any questions or need to report an issue, please call City Hall at (918) 847-2980
You can quickly pay your utility bill online from the comfort of your home
Pay online: paystation.com/pay/barnsdall-pwa
or by phone (918) 847-2980
or by drop box available at City Hall
Public Works Authority
Kris Davis– Plant SupervisorHwy 11 Waterplant
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