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Midland County's First Producing Oil Well

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
1. Midland County's First Producing Oil Well Marker
Inscription. The discovery of oil in the Permian Basin during the 1920s helped sustain the area economy during the Great Depression, and many oil and gas companies established headquarters in Midland. Not until the 1940s, though, did Midland County begin seeing its own productive oil wells. Geologist H.L. Beckman worked with the Rowan Drilling Company to stake out Humble Oil and Refining Company's No. 1 Mrs. O.P. Buchanan Well at this site. They spudded the well on September 14, 1944 and completed it on November 6, 1945 at a total depth of 12,574 feet. The well produced 332 barrels of oil in 29 hours and became Midland County's first producing oil well. It was plugged on August 1, 1947.
 
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13403.)
 
Location. 31° 57.276′ N, 101° 56.328′ W. Marker is near Midland, Texas, in Midland County. Marker is on State Highway 158 6 miles south of Interstate 20, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midland TX 79706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Midland County (approx. 5 miles away); Marcy Trail (approx. 5.6 miles away); W. F. Scarborough Home, 1908
Midland County's First Producing Oil Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
2. Midland County's First Producing Oil Well Marker
(approx. 8.3 miles away); Brown-Dorsey House (approx. 8.4 miles away); John Valentine Pliska (approx. 8 miles away); Site of Midland County's First Bank (approx. 8 miles away); Former Site of Midland National Bank (approx. 8 miles away); Texas Petroleum in World War II (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midland.
 
More about this marker. Marker originally placed in 1966, replaced and rewritten in 2005.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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