Learn more about Dexter by following the links below:
Discovery of Helium
About this Exploration:
In 1903, the community of Dexter was celebrating the hopes of economic prosperity as a a "howling gasser" had been discovered. The citizens were excited about a large pocket of gas that was found below the earth. A huge celebration was planned including a band, speeches and games. The evening would end with the lighting of the gas that was billed to "light the entire countryside for a day and a night".
Imagine the community's dismay as the gas wouldn't burn!!
A geologist at Kansas University was intrigued by the event and arranged for a sample to be delivered. After several years of research, in 1905, helium was discovered in the Dexter.
A pocket park with the original helium discovery site is located downtown on the West side of Main Street.
20438 K 15
Dexter, KS 67038