Elk City in Beckham County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
The Anadarko Basin
— National Route 66 Museum and Old Town Museum —
The deep Anadarko Basin of Western Oklahoma is one of the most prolific gas provinces of North America. Wells drilled here have been among the world's deepest.
The Bertha-Rogers No. 1 in Washita County, drilled in 1971 to 31,441 feet, was then the world's deepest well in 1979. The No. 1 Sanders Well near Sayre became Oklahoma's deepest gas producer at 24,996 feet.
When controls on gas prices were lifted, Anadarko justified the faith and perseverance of the CHK Company and other operators who pioneered in deep drilling.
The shallow horizons of Greater Anadarko account for much of this nation's proved gas reserves. Deeper sediments below 15,000 feet remain virtually unexplored. Renewed assessment of some 22,000 cubic miles of deep sediments may carry over into the 21st century.
For 20th century's final quarter the basin remains the frontier of deep drilling. Technology centered on Elk City, deep gas capital of the world, as gas prices equate more closely to value. The nation's needs may be met increasingly from this massive sedimentary basin. A focal point in drilling innovation and geological interpretation.
Erected 1981 by Oklahoma Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 35° 24.719′ N, 99° 26.158′ W. Marker is in Elk City, Oklahoma, in Beckham County. Marker is on U.S. 66 near North Pioneer Road, on the left when traveling east. The marker is on the grounds of the National Route 66 Museum and Old Town Museum, next to the Old Town Memorial Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elk City OK 73648, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rock Bluff School (a few steps from this marker); First Wooden Home (a few steps from this marker); Cruze Farm House History (within shouting distance of this marker); 1950's Model Train Replica of Elk City's Downtown District (within shouting distance of this marker); Commotion (within shouting distance of this marker); 018 Cowtown (within shouting distance of Bob Potter · Mel Patterson · I.A. "Pat" Patterson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Western Cattle Trail" (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elk City.
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