As drilling operations pushed on toward the north and west, there arose a controversy over drilling within the city limits. ... In July 1930, the city council enacted ordinances to establish safety regulations and to allow drilling in the SE part of town. Shortly the derricks were towering over the homes in this residential district. ... Demands for extending the drilling zone forced the city council to hold special elections in 1935 and 1936, extending the drilling toward the state Capitol. Governor E.W. Marland [one of Polistra's guiding lights] demanded that production be allowed on state-owned land around the Capitol so that the state would receive a share of the revenue. When the city council refused to include it in the permitted area, Marland put the lands under martial law and issued drilling permits in defiance of the city government. Twenty-four wells went down immediately, some within a few yards of the Capitol and governor's mansion.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.