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Winkler County Discovery Well

“Hendrick No.1"; Site 1.5 Miles Northeast

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
1. Winkler County Discovery Well Marker
Inscription. First of 612 Wells in Hendrick Field, a very prolific, 10,000-acre west Texas oil pool.

This area, called "Wildcatters' graveyard", lay on the 30,000-acre T.G. Hendrick ranch. Drillers Roy A. Westbrook & Associates leased land at 10 cents an acre.

Well arrived dramatically, in great blasts of oil and rock, about midnight, Sept. 3, 1926. Its eventual depth was 3,049 feet. Total production when plugged in 1939 was 235,000 barrels.

Data gathered here was vital in future drilling of El Capitan reef lime, a major oil-bearing geologic formation.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5868.)
 
Location. 31° 45.363′ N, 103° 9.392′ W. Marker is in Wink, Texas, in Winkler County. Marker is on Hendricks Boulevard (State Highway 115) 0.4 miles north of SE 1st Street (Farm to Market Road 1232), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wink TX 79789, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wink (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roy Orbison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Wink Cemetery
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By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
2. Winkler County Discovery Well Marker
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Old Duval Townsite (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Community Church (approx. 7.8 miles away); Winkler County Courthouse (approx. 7.9 miles away); Colonel C. M. Winkler (approx. 7.9 miles away); Kermit (approx. 8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wink.
 
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Winkler County Discovery Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
3. Winkler County Discovery Well Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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