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

Ector County's First Dry Hole

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
1. Ector County's First Dry Hole Marker
Inscription. Drilled in 1924 near this site. Geologists were forecasting oil and urgently needed potash, but Pennsylvania experts (using a chilled shop core drill) gave up the well at 900 feet, on "Red Bed" Rock--A substance new to them. Loss in this and a second drilling was $150,000.

In 1927 a well was brought in just west of Odessa, and in a few years oil was found within yards of the first dry hole. By 1964 Ector County had 9,600 oil and 22 gas wells. However, the U.S. average is 8 dry holes out of 9 wells such as that drilled here in 1924.
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1384.)
 
Location. 31° 51.724′ N, 102° 20.802′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker is on North Grandview Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is facing East at a small strip center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 911 N. Grandview Ave, Odessa TX 79761, 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 Parker Family (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Blackshear High School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ector County Newspapers (approx. 1.5
Ector County's First Dry Hole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
2. Ector County's First Dry Hole Marker
miles away); Ector County Land Rush (approx. 1.6 miles away); Ector County Courthouse (approx. 1.6 miles away); General Matthew D. Ector (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of The Odessa Sanitarium (approx. 1.7 miles away); Site of Livery Stable and Wagon Yard (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Odessa.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Ector County's First Dry Hole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
3. Ector County's First Dry Hole Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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