Details for Midland County's First Producing Oil Well

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507013403


Marker Number 13403
Atlas Number 5507013403
Marker Title Midland County's First Producing Oil Well
Index Entry Midland County's First Producing Oil Well
Address SH 158
City Midland
County Midland
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 222224
UTM Northing 3539176
Subject Codes oil/petroleum topics
Marker Year 2005
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location 10 mi. SE of Midland on SH 158, S side between E CR 130 and S CR 1110. Originally placed in 1966, replaced and rewritten in 2005, marker reported missing 5/19/21
Private Property No
Marker Condition Missing
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The discovery of oil in the Permian Basin during the 1920s helped sustain the area economy during the Great Depression, and many oil and gas companies established headquarters in Midland. Not until the 1940s, though, did Midland County begin seeing its own productive oil wells. Geologist H.L. Beckman worked with the Rowan Drilling Company to stake out Humble Oil and Refining Company's No. 1 Mrs. O.P. Buchanan Well at this site. They spudded the well on September 14, 1944 and completed in on November 6, 1945 at a total depth of 12,574 feet. The well produced 332 barrels of oil in 29 hours and became Midland County's first producing oil well. It was plugged on August 1, 1947. (1966, 2005)

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