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Near Amarillo in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Gas Well in the Panhandle of Texas

 
 
First Gas Well in the Panhandle of Texas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2017
1. First Gas Well in the Panhandle of Texas Marker
Inscription. The discovery well in the vast Panhandle-Hugoton Gas Field, largest known gas field in the world, is located one mile east of this point on the east slope of John Ray Butte.

The geological structure was discovered by Dr. Charles N. Gould in 1905 while in the employ of the United States Geological Survey, and the well was located by him in 1917.

This well, the Hapgood, Masterson No. 1, was started December 1, 1917, and completed at a cost of $70,000 as a gas well December 7, 1918, at a depth of 2605 feet. It produced about 5,000,000 cubic feet of gas per day. This discovery initiated the development of this great gas field and of the Panhandle oil fields.

The gas field now extends 275 miles from the Texas Panhandle north into Kansas, with a width in places of more than 90 miles. Pipelines from this field transmit gas to Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, and to most of the cities and towns of the mid-west. Lines also carry gas to Los Angeles and to other cities and towns on the west coast.
 
Erected 1965 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 12163.)
 
Location. 35° 34.399′ N, 101° 56.965′ W. Marker is near Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker is on U.S.
View from marker towards gas field and the John Ray Butte. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2017
2. View from marker towards gas field and the John Ray Butte.
287, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located along the highway, across from Crawford Ranch, about 30 miles north of Amarillo. Marker is at or near this postal address: US-287, Amarillo TX 79108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Masterson (approx. 4.2 miles away); First Cemetery in Potter County (approx. 7.7 miles away); Great Spanish Road / First Ranch in Potter County / First Store in Potter County (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Canadian River (approx. 7.7 miles away); The _X (LX) First Ranch in Potter County (approx. 9.3 miles away); The United States Topographical Engineers in the High Plains of Texas (approx. 9.3 miles away); Route of the Old Tascosa-Dodge City Trail (approx. 13 miles away); Moore County (approx. 13 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amarillo.
 
Also see . . .  Texas State Historical Association article on Charles Newton Gould. (Submitted on July 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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View from marker north on U.S. Highway 287/87. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2017
3. View from marker north on U.S. Highway 287/87.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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