Details for Northwest Extension Oilfield (Atlas Number 5507013662)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507013662

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Marker Number 13662
Atlas Number 5507013662
Marker Title Northwest Extension Oilfield
Index Entry Northwest Extension Oilfield
Address SH 240, FM 368
City Burkburnett
County Wichita
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 534090
UTM Northing 3772989
Subject Codes oil/petroleum topics
Marker Year 2005
Designations
Marker Location W of Burkburnett on SH 240 to Fairview Rd (FM 368)
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Oil exploration and production in this area was minimal until April 17, 1919, when the Bob Waggoner Well No. 1 blew in at 4,800 barrels per day. It was the first well in what became known as the Northwest Extension Oilfield, comprised of approximately 27 square miles on the former S. Burk Burnett Wild Horse Ranch. R.M. "Bob" Waggoner's well led to a boom, and the area was suddenly thick with oil derricks. The hastily organized tent cities of Thrift, Springtown, Morgan City, Waggoner City, Bridgetown and Bradley's Corner supported the industry. Today, sparsely sited pump jacks continue to draw oil, but in far smaller quantities than the early wells of Wichita County. (2006)