Details for Goldsmith (Atlas Number 5135002198)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5135002198


Marker Number 2198
Atlas Number 5135002198
Marker Title Goldsmith
Index Entry Goldsmith
City Goldsmith
County Ector
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 725114
UTM Northing 3540887
Subject Codes oil/petroleum topics; ghost towns
Marker Year 1965
Marker Location 100 ft. N. of intersection of SH 158 & Hendrickson St. (on Hendrickson St.) , Goldsmith
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Opened as oil field June 14, 1935, with flow of 1140 bbls. of crude oil daily from discovery well. Within a month, shacks and tents housed 350 people. Harry L. Tucker in May 1937 platted town of Ector City. Name later changed to honor C. A. Goldsmith, owner of the land. In 2 years, Goldsmith had cafes, taverns, a hospital, movie theater, hotels, motels, shops and a newspaper First residents paid 25 cents at only bath in town -- a shower sprayed from an overhead tank. Now a gas processing and distribution center. (1965)