Texon in Reagan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Santa Rita No. 1
Their wildcat well ½ mile south of this site, on Ollie Parker's ranch, was drilled by Carl Cromwell. Dee Locklin was tooldresser. Slow and hard drilling made crew name well for Santa Rita, Patroness of the Impossible. 4 years, 2 months and a day after permit was filed, and at 3055 feet, well pressure tossed the rig's bucket high into the air. Santa Rita was a producer! The date was May 28, 1923.
This day the Permian Basin, since acclaimed one of the greatest oil regions in the world, had its first big find. Other spectacular fields were to follow.
Multi-millions in royalty dollars have since made the University of Texas one of the world's most heavily endowed schools. Original rig that brought in Santa Rita now is on the University campus.
Erected 1965 by Texas. (Marker Number 4587.)
Location. Touch for map. The marker is on the main Ranch Road, the spot and drilling rig is off the main road not far from the highway. Marker is in this post office area: Big Lake TX 76932, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Town of Texon (approx. half a mile away); Upton County (approx. 9.1 miles away); Rankin (approx. 9.1 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2010, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,544 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. 5. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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