Texon in Reagan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Santa Rita No. 1
Their wildcat well ½ mile south of this site, on Ollie Parker's ranch, was drilled by Carl Cromwell. Dee Locklin was tooldresser. Slow and hard drilling made crew name well for Santa Rita, Patroness of the Impossible. 4 years, 2 months and a day after permit was filed, and at 3055 feet, well pressure tossed the rig's bucket high into the air. Santa Rita was a producer! The date was May 28, 1923.
This day the Permian Basin, since acclaimed one of the greatest oil regions in the world, had its first big find. Other spectacular fields were to follow.
Multi-millions in royalty dollars have since made the University of Texas one of the world's most heavily endowed
Erected 1965 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4587.)
Location. 31° 13.868′ N, 101° 41.612′ W. Marker is in Texon, Texas, in Reagan County. Marker is on U.S. 67, on the right when traveling north. The marker is on the main highway, the drill site and drilling rig is off FM 1675 not far from the highway. The top of the derrick is visible across the highway from the marker location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Lake TX 76932, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Town of Texon (approx. ¼ mile away); Upton County (approx. 8.8 miles away); Rankin (approx. 8.8 miles away); Stiles Cemetery (approx. 13.9 miles away); Site of the First Court House Built in Reagan County (approx. 14.4 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2010, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,653 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on May 31, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. 5. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.