Details for Ector County Discovery Well (Atlas Number 5135001381)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5135001381


Marker Number 1381
Atlas Number 5135001381
Marker Title Ector County Discovery Well
Index Entry Ector County Discovery Well
City Penwell
County Ector
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 724937
UTM Northing 3511936
Subject Codes oil/petroleum topics
Marker Year 1967
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location US 80 about 2.5 mile West of Penwell on east access road
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The discovery of Oil in Ector County December 28, 1926, marked the beginning of a new economic era for this region. 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 pugged and abandoned in 1940. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967.