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)
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. 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 559 times since then and 20 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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