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Gilbertown in Choctaw County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Oil Well In Alabama

 
 
First Oil Well In Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 17, 2015
1. First Oil Well In Alabama Marker
Inscription. On January 2, 1944, the State of Alabama granted Hunt Oil Company a permit to drill the A.R. Jackson Well No. 1 at this location near Gilbertown. Hunt Oil Company was owned by the famous oil man, H.L. Hunt of Dallas, Texas. Drilling commenced on January 10, 1944, and was completed approximately one month later. The well struck oil at a depth of 2,580 feet in fractured Selma chalk. The discovery of this well led to the creation of the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama in 1945, and to the development and growth of the petroleum industry in the State.
 
Erected 1994 by the Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 31° 52.159′ N, 88° 21.082′ W. Marker is in Gilbertown, Alabama, in Choctaw County. Marker is on Paragon Road (County Road 16) 2 miles west of State Route 17, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Paragon Road, Gilbertown AL 36908, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dyess Bridge (approx. 15.6 miles away in Mississippi).
 
Also see . . .  Story of First Oil Well. (Submitted on January 17, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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First Oil Well old foundation image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 17, 2015
2. First Oil Well old foundation
Additional foundation sections in the woods. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 17, 2015
3. Additional foundation sections in the woods.
First Oil Well In Alabama foundation & marker along Paragon Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 17, 2015
4. First Oil Well In Alabama foundation & marker along Paragon Road.
Similar oil derrick used at First Oil Well in Alabama image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 17, 2015
5. Similar oil derrick used at First Oil Well in Alabama
This derrick is located in a town park in Gilbertown.
Oil pump underneath derrick in Gilbertown. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 17, 2015
6. Oil pump underneath derrick in Gilbertown.
Caboose in Gilbertown near typical oil derrick and pump. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 17, 2015
7. Caboose in Gilbertown near typical oil derrick and pump.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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