Kilgore in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
World's Richest Acre
Developed before well-spacing rules, this block is the most densely drilled tract in the world, with 24 wells on 10 lots owned by six different operators. This acre has produced over two and a half million barrels of crude oil; selling at $1.10 to $3.25 a barrel, it has brought more than five and a half million dollars.
A forest of steel derricks for many years stood over the more than 1,000 wells in downtown Kilgore, marking the greatest concentration of oil wells in the history of the world. Dozens of these derricks still dot city's internationally famous skyline.
Since 1930, the East Texas oil field has produced nearly four billion barrels of oil. It now has more than 17,000 producing wells, and geologists predict a future of at least 45 years for this "granddaddy of oil fields." Its development has attracted to the area many diversified industries and a progressive citizenship with a high degree of civic pride.
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10007.)
Location. 32° 23.213′ Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kilgore TX 75662, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Fredonia Townsite (approx. 6.2 miles away); Big Inch Pipeline (approx. 10.4 miles away); King Cotton (approx. 10.8 miles away); Longview Municipal Building and Central Fire Station (approx. 10.8 miles away); Timber – The First Industry (approx. 10.9 miles away); Kelly Plow Company (approx. 10.9 miles away); When Mule Power Moved People (approx. 10.9 miles away); Then Came the Railroad (approx. 10.9 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker stands in the southwest end of Richest Acre Park.
Additional keywords. petroleum
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