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National Portable Drilling Machines

Model #2

 

—National #2 Cable Tool Rig —

 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
1. National Portable Drilling Machines Marker
Inscription. Manufacturer: National Supply Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date of Manufacturer: Approximately 1910-12
Rated Depth: 2,500 feet

National advertised this as “The Rig that Displaced The Old Standard (wooden) Derrick.” These and similar rigs were widely used to drill shallow holes until they themselves were displaced by portable spudders in the 1920's.

Unlike the others, this rig was still in use until 1972. The Woodcock Brothers of Bradford, Pennsylvania used it to drill 39 wells to an average depth of 1600 ft., between 1960 and 1972, when it was used by the Pennzoil Company in breaking ground for their Houston office.
 
Location. 31° 58.407′ N, 102° 5.166′ W. Marker is in Midland, Texas, in Midland County. Touch for map. Marker is located north of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 West Interstate 20, Midland TX 79701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forth Worth “Super D” Spudder (a few steps from this marker); Wichtex 18 Spudder (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oil Patch (within shouting distance of this
National #2 Cable Tool Rig image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
2. National #2 Cable Tool Rig
marker); Keystone No. 5 ½ Traction (within shouting distance of this marker); Wichtex 66 Spudder (within shouting distance of this marker); Star Spudder (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Petroleum in World War II (approx. ¼ mile away); Midland Christian College (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midland.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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