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Near Colorado City in Mitchell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well

(2/3 miles southwest)

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
1. Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well Marker
Inscription. Completion of The Westbrook Field T&P No. 1 oil well in 1920 signaled the beginning of commercial oil production in the Permian Basin. In the rush of oil activity that followed, the P.C. Coleman No. 1 Well was drilled on land owned by Dr. Preston C. Coleman, physician, civic leader and promoter of early oil development in Mitchell County. Completed in January 1923, the well was a slow producer. After nitroglycerine was used to temporarily increase production, the well was capped with a cedar stump. Frank Kelley, landman for the Magnolia Oil Co., removed the stump in 1925, and the well began flowing again. When occasional pumping yielded only small amounts of oil, Magnolia abandoned it in 1940.

Although not a significant producer, the P.C. Coleman No. 1 Well confirmed the possibility of further oil development on the eastern shelf of the Permian Basin. In 1946, large quantities of oil were found southwest of the discovery well on former public school land filed on in 1900 by Dr. Coleman's son Walter.

Marked today only by a concrete well cap on a concrete base, the site of the Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well serves as a reminder of the early days of oil production in the Permian Basin.
 
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 942.)
 
Location.
Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
2. Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well Marker
View south on FM1229
32° 30.061′ N, 101° 3.002′ W. Marker is near Colorado City, Texas, in Mitchell County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 1229 2.6 miles south of State Highway 350, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colorado City TX 79512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Town of Cuthbert (approx. 1.6 miles away); Campsite of the Marcy Expedition (approx. 2.6 miles away); Handley Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Ira (approx. 6.2 miles away); J. J. Moore No. 1 Oil Well (approx. 6.2 miles away); We Will Remember (approx. 10.9 miles away); Site of First Westbrook School and Church (approx. 10.9 miles away); Discovery Well of the Permian Basin (approx. 11 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colorado City.
 
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Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
3. Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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