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Gladewater in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Gladewater Discovery Well

Snavely #1

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
1. The Gladewater Discovery Well Marker
Inscription.  On April 7, 1931 this wildcat well drilled by Selby Oil and Gas Co. of Tulsa, OK. came-in at 1000 barrels an hour. Located in the Sabine River bottom a mile south of town, it connected Gladewater to the vast East Texas Oil Field stretching from Longview's Lathrop Well 7 miles north, to Kilgore's Crim Well 14 miles south. Royalty owners were the Snavely family of Martinsville, IL. headed by Judge Herschel Snavely, nine relatives came to watch the drilling. L.C. Snavely acquired interest in this land when several Illinois investors underwrote the sawmill, lumber operation of James Moore who in 1906 bought 4200 acres for $20,000 and moved his enterprise to Gladewater by train. Moore's mill was destroyed in 1913 by a boiler explosion. In 1914 he surveyed and divided the land into equal sections. Investors drew lots to determine their parcels. Oil was discovered under the entire 4200-acre tract. Texaco, Inc. operated the well from 1938 until its shut-down on November 30, 1957. Texaco closed its local office in 1987 after 54 years in Gladewater, and donated to the city this pumping unit from the Texaco-Snavely "A" Lease #1. The original derrick was
The Gladewater Discovery Well and marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
2. The Gladewater Discovery Well and marker.
Marker is to left of pump.
wooden.
 
Erected 2000 by Gladewater Heritage Society. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location. 32° 32.083′ N, 94° 56.708′ W. Marker is in Gladewater, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is on West Commerce Avenue west of North Main Street (U.S. 271), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 West Commerce Avenue, Gladewater TX 75647, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Franchised Motor Bus Line in Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Methodist Church of Gladewater (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Ben Shepperd (about 600 feet away); Dr. E. L. and Nannie Lewis Walker House (about 700 feet away); Gladewater Lodge No. 852, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Foshee Family Homestead (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gladewater (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rosedale Cemetery (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gladewater.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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