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

World's Richest Acre

 
 
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By QuesterMark, July 5, 2016
1. World's Richest Acre Texas Historical Marker
Inscription. Part of fabulous East Texas oil field discovered in 1930. This 1.195-acre tract had first production on June 17, 1937, when the Mrs. Bess Johnson-Adams & Hale No. 1 well was brought in.

Developed before well-spacing rules, this block is the most densely drilled tract in the world, with 24 wells on 10 lots owned by six different operators. This acre has produced over two and a half million barrels of crude oil; selling at $1.10 to $3.25 a barrel, it has brought more than five and a half million dollars.

A forest of steel derricks for many years stood over the more than 1,000 wells in downtown Kilgore, marking the greatest concentration of oil wells in the history of the world. Dozens of these derricks still dot city's internationally famous skyline.

Since 1930, the East Texas oil field has produced nearly four billion barrels of oil. It now has more than 17,000 producing wells, and geologists predict a future of at least 45 years for this "granddaddy of oil fields." Its development has attracted to the area many diversified industries and a progressive citizenship with a high degree of civic pride.
 
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10007.)
 
Location. 32° 23.213′ 
World's Richest Acre Marker in Richest Acre Park image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, July 5, 2016
2. World's Richest Acre Marker in Richest Acre Park
N, 94° 52.575′ W. Marker is in Kilgore, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and North Commerce Street, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kilgore TX 75662, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Fredonia Townsite (approx. 6.2 miles away); Big Inch Pipeline (approx. 10.4 miles away); King Cotton (approx. 10.8 miles away); Longview Municipal Building and Central Fire Station (approx. 10.8 miles away); Timber – The First Industry (approx. 10.9 miles away); Kelly Plow Company (approx. 10.9 miles away); When Mule Power Moved People (approx. 10.9 miles away); Then Came the Railroad (approx. 10.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker stands in the southwest end of Richest Acre Park.
 
Additional keywords. petroleum
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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