Near Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First Exploratory Oil Well in Taylor County
Dr. J.A. Udden was hired to conduct a geological survey of the area, and he recommended two surface structures for further testing; one located five miles southeast of Abilene, and a second located about 2.5 miles northeast of town. Correspondence from city leaders to several oil and gas companies encouraged them to come to the area to drill for oil. The Frank P. Fox Oil Company of Indianapolis expressed interest in drilling in the Abilene area in 1915 and the company leased land and began drilling 6.5 miles southeast of Abilene on the Jon Bowyer lease (which was not one of the two locations identified by Udden and later verified by additional testing). Although drilling proceeded to 3,340 feet, the site was abandoned when no oil was found. However, positive signs at the site spurred interest
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15925.)
Location. 32° 21.469′ N, 99° 41.496′ W. Marker is near Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is on Vinson Road (County Road 114) 0.9 miles east of Farm to Market Road 1750, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lytle Gap Potosi Methodist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Lindbergh in West Texas (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Texas 36th Division Memorial Highway (approx. 4.3 miles away); Abilene State School (approx. 4.6 miles away); Fletcher Ranch (approx. 5.5 miles away); Prairie Dogs The 'Real' Camp Barkeley (approx. 5.6 miles away); Judge Walter R. Ely (approx. 5.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Abilene.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.