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Ira in Scurry County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

J. J. Moore No. 1 Oil Well

(1.4 miles south)

 
 
J. J. Moore No. 1 Oil Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
1. J. J. Moore No. 1 Oil Well Marker
Inscription. First producing oil well in Scurry County; opened a major West Texas petroleum area. Drilled February to October 1923 by E. I. (Tommy) Thompson, W. W. Lechner and E. E. (Buddy) Fogelson of Loutex Corp., W. A. Reiter located the well. Leon English was field geologist. Drillers were Jesse Thomas, Begossa Murphy, Tom Mann, Charlie Dodson, Sim Taylor. The tool dresser, James O. Jarmon, was the only man working the well from top to bottom. Pat and Mike Moore, the young sons of the landowner, helped to fire the steam boiler.

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
J. J. Moore No. 1 Oil Well Marker <i>on the left</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
2. J. J. Moore No. 1 Oil Well Marker on the left
Ira marker is on the right.
Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2679.)
 
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 10 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); Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well (approx. 6.2 miles away); Site of Town of Cuthbert (approx. 7.1 miles away); Quanah Parker (approx. 8.4 miles away); The Prairie Dog (approx. 9.2 miles away); First Christian Church (approx. 9˝ miles away); Handley Cemetery (approx. 9.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ira.
 
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J. J. Moore No. 1 Oil Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
3. J. J. Moore No. 1 Oil Well Marker
View north on highway 350.
 
 
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 76 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 21, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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