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Near Mingus in Erath County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Evolution of an Oil Company

 
 
Evolution of an Oil Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 22, 2015
1. Evolution of an Oil Company Marker
Inscription.  This is the site of the first commercial coal produced in Texas by Texas & Pacific Coal Company, mined in 1888. This company was the forerunner of Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, now one of the nation’s substantial independent producers of oil and gas.
     The transition from coal mining to petroleum production was accelerated by the company’s discovery in 1917 of oil and gas in the Great Ranger Field, 16 miles to the west. It was a natural evolution of an American enterprise dedicated to developing natural resources to supply the nation’s growing needs for abundant energy.
     Beneath this ground lies part of the 127,000,000 tons of coal still owned by Texas Pacific, which may be mined in the future. This is Texas’ only known deposit of bituminous coal and occurs from the surface to a depth of 450 feet.

Erected March, 1960
by
Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company,
Fort Worth, Texas

 
Erected 1960 by Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
Thurber and Evolution of an Oil Company Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 22, 2015
2. Thurber and Evolution of an Oil Company Markers
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Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
 
Location. 32° 30.475′ N, 98° 24.949′ W. Marker is near Mingus, Texas, in Erath County. Marker can be reached from Private Road 741 0.1 miles north of Texas Highway 108, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mingus TX 76463, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thurber (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Hotel Knox and Thurber Mining Office (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); New York Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Thurber's First Coal Mine (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Thurber Brick Plant (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Barbara's Catholic Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Thurber Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Whitehead Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mingus.
 
Texas & Pacific Coal Company Smokestack image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 22, 2015
3. Texas & Pacific Coal Company Smokestack
Smokestack constructed in 1908
Texas & Pacific Coal Company Smokestack image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 22, 2015
4. Texas & Pacific Coal Company Smokestack
View to north from I-20 Frontage Road
Texas & Pacific Coal Company Smokestack image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 22, 2015
5. Texas & Pacific Coal Company Smokestack
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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