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

Ector County Discovery Well

(2 mi. S.)

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
1. Ector County Discovery Well Marker
Inscription. The discovery of oil in Ector County December 28, 1926, marked the beginning of a new economic era for this region.

The first well, "J.S. Cosden No.1-A W.E. Connell", was named for the driller and owner of land. Its meager initial output of 38 barrels per day did not cause much excitement, but experts insisted that vast oil deposits lay under area (Permian Basin).

In 1929, Robert Penn's gusher catapulted Odessa to boom-town fame. Oil has sustained the area economy since then, although the discovery well was plugged and abandoned in 1940.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1967
 
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1381.)
 
Location. 31° 43.244′ N, 102° 37.563′ W. Marker is near Penwell, Texas, in Ector County. Marker is on Interstate 20 Frontage Road 2 miles west of Farm to Market Road 1601, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the frontage road, on the south side of I-20. Marker is in this post office area: Penwell TX 79776, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Penwell (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Caprock
Ector County Discovery Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
2. Ector County Discovery Well Marker
(approx. 4.8 miles away); Odessa Meteor Craters (approx. 7 miles away but has been reported missing); Odessa Meteor Crater (approx. 9 miles away); Monahans Sandhills State Park and Museum (approx. 13 miles away); Notrees (approx. 15.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Ector County Discovery Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
3. Ector County Discovery Well Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 5 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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