Chuck Smith Red Rier Radio News

Courtesy: Lufkin Dept. of Recreation

LUFKIN HOLIDAY LANDMARK -  If you live in or visit East Texas, you’ve probably seen several pieces of oil-field equipment dotting the landscape, moving up and down, pumping oil from the ground.  They’re known by different names. Some call them “thirsty-birds”, “sucker-rod pumps” or simply: “jack-pumps”.  They’re job is to force oil up from the ground and pass it to a pipeline or storage tank.   But one jack-pump in Lufkin, Texas  has become a celebrity of sorts around Christmas-time and folks there call it Rudolph.  Our reporter Wynter Chauvin tells us more.