Midland in Midland County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Wichtex 18 Spudder
Manufacturer: Wichtex Machinery Co. Wichita Falls, Texas
Date of Use: Unknown, probably late 1920's to 1950's
Maximum Depth: 4,000 ft.
Spudders were developed in the 1920's as easily moved and set up cable tool drilling machines. Modern versions are still used today.
Note the two steel beams running on top of the spudder. These “walking beams” are moved up and down by arms connected to a crank. They pull the drilling line and drill bit up and down in a hammering motion. The heavy bit hangs ready to pound its way into the ground.
Location. 31° 58.427′ N, 102° 5.147′ W. Marker is in Midland, Texas, in Midland County. Marker can be reached from West Interstate 20. Click for map. Marker is located north of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 West Interstate 20, Midland TX 79701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Oil Patch (a few steps from this marker); Wichtex 66 Spudder (within shouting distance of this marker); Forth Worth “Super D” Spudder (within shouting distance of this marker); Star Spudder Keystone No. 5 ½ Traction (within shouting distance of this marker); National Portable Drilling Machines (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Petroleum in World War II (approx. ¼ mile away); Midland Christian College (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Midland.
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