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

Green Machinery Co., Inc.

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
1. Green Machinery Co., Inc. Marker
Inscription. Founded by George Emmett Green (1875-1960), whose work revolutionized Texas agriculture. Mechanically-gifted, Green mastered water well development, worked as pattern maker and draftsman in pump factories, and operated a plant of his own in his native Missouri before moving here in 1909 with his wife Salome (Rich) and their children. In 1911 he dug Hale County's test irrigation well on the J.H. Slaton farm, reaching a commercial yield of 1400 gallons of water per minute. This won him fame, as irrigation had long been considered the missing ingredient in South Plains agriculture -- the key factor that would enable this fertile area to produce foodstuffs and fibers to supply millions of consumers.

Once deep water was found, Green tackled related problems and invented (1915) the hollow-shaft, right-angle gear drive for irrigation pumps, which made it possible to use automotive-type engines for irrigation power.

With a goal of commercial pumps at moderate prices, Green established this factory in 1911, and reduced irrigation well installation costs to a figure that farmers could afford. His descendants still own and operate the business.
 
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2269.)
 
Location.
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By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
2. Green Machinery Co., Inc. Marker
34° 11.088′ N, 101° 41.318′ W. Marker is in Plainview, Texas, in Hale County. Marker is on East 5th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 East 5th Street, Plainview TX 79072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lamar School (approx. half a mile away); The Hackberry Groves (approx. 0.7 miles away); Schick Opera House (approx. 0.8 miles away); General Ranald Slidell MacKenzie (approx. 0.8 miles away); Colonel C. C. Slaughter (approx. 0.8 miles away); Texas Land & Development Company (approx. 0.8 miles away); Plainview Daily Herald (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Baptist Church of Plainview (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plainview.
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
 
Green Machinery Co., Inc. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
3. Green Machinery Co., Inc. Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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