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Near George West in McMullen County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Producing Gas Well In McMullen County And First Gas Pipeline To San Antonio

(South of Frio River, 1 Mi. NE)

 
 
First producing gas well in McMullen County and first gas pipeline to San Antonio Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Henderson, May 5, 2011
1. First producing gas well in McMullen County and first gas pipeline to San Antonio Marker
Inscription. Thirty years before the first producing gas well was drilled in this county, traces of salt water, sulphur, gas, and oil in water wells gave hints of the presence of petroleum here. For years wildcat drilling went on, but with only moderate success.

Then in 1908, a well on Charles Byrne's land began to blow warm sulphur water and gas 120 feet into the air every 8 days, arousing much interest. After this discovery, Byrne, a promoter, set out to locate capitalists to develop his petroleum deposits.

Armed with a picture of the gusher and a bottle of area oil, he attracted the attention of W.M. “Bee” Stephenson, his sons Light and Donald, and others.

The well they drilled here in 1917-1918, on the Tom Brown tract, blew in at 816 feet with 62,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas a day, but for 3 months it spewed out of control because of the intense subsurface pressure and inadequate equipment.

After other producers were drilled, W.M. Stephenson arranged to pipe gas to San Antonio, 68 miles north, in 1922. Among those joining this enterprise was H.A. Pagenkopf, Wichita Falls oil man. Thus petroleum took a leading role in the economy of McMullen County.
 
Erected 1970 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1854.)
 
Location.
Calliham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Henderson, May 5, 2011
2. Calliham Marker
28° 28.807′ N, 98° 20.924′ W. Marker is near George West, Texas, in McMullen County. Marker is on Park Road 8 (County Route 302) 2 miles west of Richter Road when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker is located in Choke Canyon State Park, Calliham Unit. Marker is in this post office area: Calliham TX 78007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Whitsett (approx. 11.7 miles away); Cross (approx. 12.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Choke Canyon State Park. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (Submitted on May 9, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2011, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 6, 2011, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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