Near Penwell in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Ector County Discovery Well
(2 mi. S.)
The first well, "J.S. Cosden No.1-A W.E. Connell", was named for the driller and owner of land. Its meager initial output of 38 barrels per day did not cause much excitement, but experts insisted that vast oil deposits lay under area (Permian Basin).
In 1929, Robert Penn's gusher catapulted Odessa to boom-town fame. Oil has sustained the area economy since then, although the discovery well was plugged and abandoned in 1940.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1967
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1381.)
Location. 31° 43.244′ N, 102° 37.563′ W. Marker is near Penwell, Texas, in Ector County. Marker is on Interstate 20 Frontage Road 2 miles west of Farm to Market Road 1601, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the frontage road, on the south side of I-20. Marker is in this post office area: Penwell TX 79776, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Penwell (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Caprock Odessa Meteor Craters (approx. 7 miles away but has been reported missing); Odessa Meteor Crater (approx. 9 miles away); Monahans Sandhills State Park and Museum (approx. 13 miles away); Notrees (approx. 15.6 miles away).
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