“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Andrews in Andrews County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Billionth Barrel

Billionth Barrel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
1. Billionth Barrel Marker
Inscription. On May 25, 1965, from one of 7,400 producing oil wells in the county's 196 fields, came the Billionth Barrel of Andrews County crude oil.

In the 35 years and 5 months since oil flowed from the county's discovery well, C.E. Ogden No. 1, in Dec. 1929, Andrews has attained a new place in history.

In 1929, the county had about 400 people. Its wealth, mostly in land and livestock, amounted to $8,109,399. Five persons in the county filed income tax returns. There were fewer than 100 children in school. Highway bonds in the amount of $200,000 were about to be issued, as a measure for county improvement.

By 1956, Andrews County produced more than 60,000,000 barrels of oil annually--gaining recognition as number one in Texas and in the United States.

Of great significance is the fact that presently proven reserves underlying the county total more than one billion barrels, without any consideration for additional recoveries by secondary methods.

Andrews is more than a product of the billion barrels of crude of oil it has produced, more than the gasoline plants working through the night, more than modern highways, paved streets, homes, schools, dreams. Its destiny is great in human resources--and oil.
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee
Billionth Barrel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
2. Billionth Barrel Marker
. (Marker Number 407.)
Location. 32° 19.204′ N, 102° 32.834′ W. Marker is in Andrews, Texas, in Andrews County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (U.S. 385) and NE Avenue A, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 North Main Street, Andrews TX 79714, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Billionth Barrel (a few steps from this marker); Means Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shafter's Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Settlers (approx. half a mile away); Original Townsite of Andrews (approx. half a mile away); Dorsie M. Pinnell (approx. one mile away); Andrews County Discovery Well (approx. 6.5 miles away); Florey Park (approx. 9.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Andrews.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 874 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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