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

Wichtex 66 Spudder

 
 
Wichtex 66 Spudder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
1. Wichtex 66 Spudder Marker
Inscription. Manufacturer: The Wichtex Machinery Co. Wichita Falls, Texas
Date of Use: Unknown, probably late 1920's to early 1950's
Maximum Depth: Probably to 5,000 ft.

Note the large locomotive type boiler and single cylinder Acme steam engine, rated at 30 HP. Steam powered many rigs until after World War II, when diesel or gas took over. Steam was reliable but needed large amounts of scarce water and boiler fuel.
 
Location. 31° 58.421′ N, 102° 5.126′ 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. Star Spudder (here, next to this marker); Keystone No. 5 ½ Traction (a few steps from this marker); Wichtex 18 Spudder (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oil Patch (within shouting distance of this marker); Forth Worth “Super D” Spudder (within shouting distance of this marker); National Portable Drilling Machines
Wichtex 66 Spudder image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
2. Wichtex 66 Spudder
(within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Petroleum in World War II (approx. mile away); Midland Christian College (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midland.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
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 213 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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