Details for Ector County's First Dry Hole (Atlas Number 5135001384)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5135001384


Marker Number 1384
Atlas Number 5135001384
Marker Title Ector County's First Dry Hole
Index Entry Ector County's First Dry Hole
City Odessa
County Ector
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 751011
UTM Northing 3528144
Subject Codes oil/petroleum topics
Marker Year 1965
Marker Location West side of Street 917 N. Grandview, Odessa (marker is facing East -small strip center)
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Drilled in 1924 near this site. Geologists were forecasting oil and urgently-needed potash, but Pennsylvania experts (using a chilled shop core drill) gave up the well at 900 feet, on "Red Bed" Rock--A substance new to them. Loss in this and a second drilling was $150.000. In 1927 a well was brought in just west of Odessa, and in a few years oil was found within yards of the first dry hole. By 1964 Ector County had 9,600 oil and 22 gas wells. However, the U.S. average is 8 dry holes out of 9 wells such as that drilled here in 1924.