Midland in Midland County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Wichtex 66 Spudder
Date of Use: Unknown, probably late 1920's to early 1950's
Maximum Depth: Probably to 5,000 ft.
Note the large locomotive type boiler and single cylinder Acme steam engine, rated at 30 HP. Steam powered many rigs until after World War II, when diesel or gas took over. Steam was reliable but needed large amounts of scarce water and boiler fuel.
Location. 31° 58.421′ N, 102° 5.126′ W. Marker is in Midland, Texas, in Midland County. 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. Star Spudder (here, next to this marker); Keystone No. 5 ½ Traction (a few steps from this marker); Wichtex 18 Spudder (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oil Patch (within shouting distance of this marker); Forth Worth “Super D” Spudder (within shouting distance of this marker); National Portable Drilling Machines 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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