Humble in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
City of Humble
In 1904 C. E. Barrett (1866-1926) drilled for oil in this area, securing small production on Moonshine Hill. On Jan. 7, 1905, he brought in the No. 2 Beaty Well which yielded 8,500 barrels a day, opening the great boom. From a village of 700, Humble grew at once into a town of 20,000. Field production-- the largest in Texas for the year 1905-- was 15,594,923 barrels of oil. The field was named for the town. A group of its operators, including Ross S. Sterling, later (1931-33) governor of Texas, in 1911 incorporated a new oil company named for the field, thus spreading into the annals of world commerce the town's name.
Production from several strata here exceeded the total for fabulous Spindletop by 1946. Known
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10700.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1990.
Location. 29° 59.93′ N, 95° 16.031′ W. Marker is in Humble, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and Bender Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Located in front of the Chamber of Commerce building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 W Main St, Humble TX 77338, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pangburn Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Humble Lodge No. 979, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trees of Knowledge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Humble Independent School District (approx. 0.4 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Humble (approx. half a mile away); Lambrecht's Artesian Well (approx. 0.6 miles away); Humble Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Joseph Dunman (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Humble.
Regarding City of Humble. Exxon Company, was originally Humble Oil Company, because it began in and got its name from this town.
Also see . . .
1. City of Humble in The Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on February 16, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. City of Humble in Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 16, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. History of Humble, Texas. (Submitted on February 16, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 16, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.