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Odessa in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Permian Basin

 
 
The Permian Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
1. The Permian Basin Marker
Inscription. One of the two richest oil fields in the world. Discovery began in 1920 at a Mitchell County Well. Next came the 1923 Big Lake Strike, then the wild 1925 boom in Upton County, followed by production in Andrews, Crane, Ector, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Ward, Winkler and 24 other counties. In some years new wells averaged 38 a week. Fortunes were made, lost, then regained--all within months. So great were yields that oil brought 50 cents a barrel, while drillers paid $5.00 a barrel for drinking water.

Area is 88,610 square miles, with center here at Odessa. Extends across a deeply buried prehistoric sea that more than 250 million years ago contained much fish and reptile life, including dinosaurs. Shores and islands later grew giant vegetation, until earth changes buried animals and plants in pockets that turned hydrocarbons into petroleum.

In 40 years from its discovery, the Permian Basin, was producing 53% of total oil in Texas and 20% of U.S. crude oil. It is one of the world's largest producers of channel carbon black. Other by-products are sulphur, asphalt, synthetic rubber ingredients and petrochemicals.
 
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3988.)
 
Location. 31° 53.009′ N,
The Permian Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
2. The Permian Basin Marker
The Permian Basin Marker is the third marker from the left.
102° 23.256′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 385. Click for map. Marker is just west of the south entrance to the Ector County Coliseum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4201 Andrews Highway, Odessa TX 79762, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Permian Basin Fair & Exposition (here, next to this marker); Permian Basin Oil Show (here, next to this marker); Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang (here, next to this marker); M.O. Boring, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom “Pinkie” Roden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); E.G. Rodman, Sr. (about 300 feet away); W.D. Noel (about 300 feet away); The Cable Tool Rig (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Odessa.
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
The Permian Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
3. The Permian Basin Marker
The Permian Basin Marker is the third marker from the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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