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Near Muleshoe in Bailey County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Irrigation Well in Bailey County

 
 
First Irrigation Well in Bailey County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
1. First Irrigation Well in Bailey County Marker
Inscription. Dug by hand in 1909 on farm of Willard Burns. A pit well (large enough for workmen to enter), it measured 6 by 10 feet across and 15 feet deep. A 10-inch centrifugal pump removed 1,000 gallons of water per minute. Upon its completion, settlers from miles around gathered to hold a "water carnival", which became a local custom whenever wells were dug. Hundreds of such wells made agriculture profitable in this low rainfall area. Well and pump were abandoned when turbine pumps came into use, 1920s. No signs of it remain.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1732.)
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 34° 14.635′ N, 102° 51.786′ W. Marker was near Muleshoe, Texas, in Bailey County. Marker was at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1760 and Farm to Market Road 103, on the right when traveling east on Highway 1760. Touch for map. Marker was on the southeast corner. Marker was in this post office area: Muleshoe TX 79347, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Bailey County Cemetery (approx. 6.3 miles away); Old Muleshoe Ranch Cookhouse (approx. 6.7 miles away); Bailey County
<i>site of</i> First Irrigation Well in Bailey County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
2. site of First Irrigation Well in Bailey County Marker
(approx. 8 miles away); The Founding of Bailey County (approx. 8 miles away); The Mule (approx. 8.1 miles away); Old Hurley (approx. 8.1 miles away); XIT Ranch South Line (approx. 8.6 miles away); Hopping-Aldridge House (approx. 13.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muleshoe.
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
View east on FM 1760 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
3. View east on FM 1760
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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