Minco's Railroad Well
Minco has the potential of establishing a
State Historical Site for its railroad well north of Minco, as it is the only
known railroad well remaining in the state of Oklahoma. Railroad
wells were used to keep the railroad water towers full for steam engines that
needed a water refill. The water tower served by Minco's railroad well was
located a half block north of Main Street, just north of the old Rock Island
As a byproduct of Virginia's contacts, the Union Pacific Railroad sent her two maps of Minco's railroad which show locations of former spurs, cattle lots, mills, cotton gins, wells, etc. These maps have proven invaluable, as they have served to identify businesses and old pictures of businesses along the railroad through Minco's early years. For example, we have a picture of the Brett or Minco Mill and Elevator Company, but previously had no precise location, and nothing to indicate a spur went between its two large structures. The exact location of the mill below is now located by the railroad map (see below).
There is also an old picture of a train behind the old cotton gin (above, now gone), which appeared to be an impossible feat or the picture was of another cotton gin, but this map explains that the spur was there also.