Joinerville in Rusk County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Joiner No. 3 Daisy Bradford
East Texas Oil Field Discovery Well
Joiner's 2 early efforts failed-- one with a jammed bit, one with the drill pipe stuck. The rig was next skidded 300' down slope. "This is as good a place as any," said Laster. Then on May 8, 1929, Joiner No. 3 Daisy Bradford was spudded in. Equipment consisted of an old rotary rig powered by a single-cylinder engine; one 45 hp boiler; one old cotton gin boiler fired with soggy oak and pine chunks by roustabout Dan Tanner. The depression was on, and money scarce. The crew often went without pay. Joiner sacrificed much of his 10,000 acre block of leases. Finally, on Sept. 5, 1930, a drill stem logged at 3536' into the Woodbine Formation showed oil. A better rig had to be brought in. On Oct. 3, 1930, the well blew in and oil went over the crown block. The boom was on.
Cars were bumper-to-bumper on all access roads. Derricks rose in all directions. In its first 30 years, this great field produced more than 3.5 billion barrels of oil. It now covers some 200 square miles-- the largest in the world.
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number
Location. 32° 10.706′ N, 94° 55.36′ W. Marker is in Joinerville, Texas, in Rusk County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 64 and County Road 4148, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 64. Touch for map. Located at a highway picnic area that has picnic tables built with a oil derrick motif. Marker is in this post office area: Henderson TX 75652, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gaston Public School Complex (approx. 1.8 miles away); John Franklin Overton (approx. 10.5 miles away); Omen (Canton) Community (approx. 11.1 miles away).
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Daisy Bradford No. 3. (Submitted on July 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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