Ira in Scurry County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
J. J. Moore No. 1 Oil Well
(1.4 miles south)
The drill struck a pressurized reservoir of "cold air" (nitrogen and helium) unique in Texas at that time. It blew mud and water 60 feet above the well head. Soon harnessed, it replaced steam to operate the drilling. It also refrigerated food and water.
Completed to 3575 feet and plugged back to 1800 feet in the San Andres formation, the J. J. Moore No. 1 has yielded over 500,000 barrels of oil; is still producing. Several "dusters" were drilled nearby in 1924. Exploration was further discouraged in the 20s by low prices; eventually, however, here in the Sharon Ridge Field over 2200 wells have been brought in.
In 1948 deep wells began to tap the canyon reef in Scurry; the county now has over 4,000 oil wells.
Erected 1966 by State Historical
Location. 32° 34.909′ N, 101° 0.138′ W. Marker is in Ira, Texas, in Scurry County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 350 and Farm to Market Road 1606, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 350. Touch for map. Marker is on the southeast corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Ira TX 79527, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ira (here, next to this marker); Campsite of the Marcy Expedition (approx. 4.3 miles away); Quanah Parker (approx. 8.4 miles away); The Prairie Dog (approx. 9.2 miles away); First Christian Church (approx. 9½ miles away); E. W. Clark House (approx. 10 miles away); F. J. Grayum Home (approx. 10 miles away); The Block 97 Controversy (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ira.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 21, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.