Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Oklahoma City Oil Field
Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Field Discovery Well brought in December 4, 1928, approximately six miles southeast of this marker.
From such beginning, sprawling Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Field became one of world's major oil producing areas, ranking eighth in nation during first forty years of existence. In this time Field yielded 733,543,000 barrels of oil.
Discovery and development of Oklahoma City Oil Field added great stability to economy of both Oklahoma City and State of Oklahoma -- providing financial incentive for cultural and industrial progress.
In tapping prolific Wilcox Producing Zone March 25, 1930, Mary Sudik No. 1 Well blew "wild" for more than 11 days thereby distinguishing itself as "most publicized oil well in world."
Rapid development of field, and problems created thereby, sparked passage of first comprehensive state legislation for conservation of oil and gas, thus providing model statutes for other states to follow.
To reach oil reserves underlying Oklahoma State Capitol building, one well was slant-drilled from across street to oil sands beneath Capitol.
Discovery Well and "Wild Mary Sudik" were both drilled by Indian Territory Illuminating Oil Co., an affiliate of Cities Service Oil Co., and by Foster Petroleum Co.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society marker series.
Location. 35° 29.458′ N, 97° 30.181′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and NE 21st Street, on the left when traveling north on Lincoln Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City OK 73105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. As Long As The Waters Flow (within shouting distance of this marker); Oklahoma State Seal (within shouting distance of this marker); Oklahoma Timeline (within shouting distance of this marker); Tribute to Range Riders (within shouting distance of this marker); Flags Flown Over Oklahoma (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington Elm Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); American Elm (within shouting distance of this marker); Central High School (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
Also see . . . Milestones in the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Industry. (Submitted on October 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Environment • Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.