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Moran in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Cottle No. 1

First Natural Gas Well in Shackelford County

 

—(2 miles NE) —

 
Cottle No. 1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 29, 2014
1. Cottle No. 1 Marker
Inscription. The appearance in 1908 of oil and gas in water wells in this vicinity prompted the Texas Company (later Texaco, Inc.) In June 1909 to begin leasing large tracts of land. After a surface geological survey, a wooden derrick complete with cable tools and steam engine was erected by contractor F.J. Winston on a prospective location on the Jim Cottle Ranch and on Sept. 23, 1909, drilling operations began. Equipment breakdowns were frequent and sometimes lengthy, but finally, on Nov. 9, 1910, after 13 months of drilling, the Cottle No. 1 struck natural gas at a depth of 2660 feet. This discovery opened the Moran Field, and was the first commercial gas well completed in this vast west Texas area.
     In the spring of 1911, gas was piped to Moran for residential and business use. Within two years (in 1913) the cities of Albany, Cisco, and Abilene were supplied for the first time with natural gas. By Oct. 1913, with five producing gas wells, the Moran Field won recognition as one of the most important sources of fossil fuels in Texas. Although the Cottle No. 1 was plugged years ago, Moran Field continues to be an economic mainstay in this area.
 
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1076.)
 
Location. 32° 32.88′ 
Moran and Cottle No. 1 Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 29, 2014
2. Moran and Cottle No. 1 Markers
Cottle No. 1 marker is in the center
N, 99° 9.826′ W. Marker is in Moran, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker is on State Highway 6 south of Post Oak Avenue (Farm to Market Road 576), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moran TX 76464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moran (here, next to this marker); Granville E. Waters (approx. 1.4 miles away); Moran Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ibex (approx. 9.5 miles away); Hittson Ranch Headquarters on Battle Creek (approx. 11.5 miles away); Burkett Pecan Tree (approx. 11.8 miles away); Military Telegraph Line (approx. 12.9 miles away); Shackelford County (approx. 14.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moran.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
View to North Towards Intersection of State Highway 6 and Farm to Market Road 576 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 29, 2014
3. View to North Towards Intersection of State Highway 6 and Farm to Market Road 576
View to East Across State Highway 6 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 29, 2014
4. View to East Across State Highway 6
View to South Along State Highway 6 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 29, 2014
5. View to South Along State Highway 6
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 3, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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