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

Two Billionth Barrel

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Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
1. Two Billionth Barrel Marker
Inscription.  Andrews County produced it’s 2nd billionth barrel of crude oil August 21, 1981. Sixteen years and 96 days after its first billionth barrel came from beneath the county’s 1500 square miles.

In producing two billion barrels in 52 years, Andrews became the third county in Texas history to do so. Ector and Gregg counties had entered the record book earlier.

In an energy-starved nation, revitalized multi-pay production zones in Andrews underwent secondary recovery and a few were on the threshold of tertiary recovery methods to yield almost 40 million barrels of crude annually along with 32 million cubic feet of gas.

Almost one billion dollars of petroleum products were sold from beneath Andrews land in 1981 and fueled a fast-paced economic upturn in the community. Population figures for the county were estimated at 14,000 plus at the end of the year.

The county ranked 8th in the state in production of crude oil as over 2,000 oil field workers received $40.6 million in payrolls. State taxes of $43.3 million were paid on Andrews petroleum products during the year.

A community-wide celebration
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marked the occasion of the two billionth barrel as the entire citizenry joined in marking the historic occasion.

Pumping unit by Lufkin, foundation by Ruthco, wellhead by Amoco, labor by NL Well Service, and services by county employees.
Erected 1981.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1981.
Location. 32° 19.204′ N, 102° 32.843′ W. Marker is in Andrews, Texas, in Andrews County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (U.S. 385) and NE Avenue A, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 North Main Street, Andrews TX 79714, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Billionth Barrel (a few steps from this marker); Means Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shafter's Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fight Against Terrorism (approx. 0.4 miles away); Andrews County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II (approx. 0.4 miles away); Korean War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vietnam War (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andrews.
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Two Billionth Barrel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
2. Two Billionth Barrel Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,088 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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