Details for Crater Hill

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5339007871


Marker Number 7871
Atlas Number 5339007871
Marker Title Crater Hill
Index Entry Crater Hill
Address FM 1785
City Conroe
County Montgomery
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 273698
UTM Northing 3353906
Subject Codes oil/petroleum topics
Marker Year 1995
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location FM 1485, W side of Crystal Creek, 0.3 mi. W of Waukegan Rd. Original 1967 inscription revised in 1995. Marker reported missing Jan. 2006. Map dot approximate.
Private Property No
Marker Condition Missing
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Oil wells known as Madeley No. 1 and No. 2, drilled in 1933 by Standard Oil Company of Kansas, came in on fire and threatened the entire Conroe oil field. The flames reached as high as 150 feet as firefighters struggled for three months to control the inferno with water, mud, and explosives. Finally Humble Oil Company, using a method never before tested on the Texas Gulf Coast, drilled a directional well, pumped mud into the crater caused by the blowouts, and extinguished the fires. Crater Lake, created by the explosions, remains on the site. (1967, 1995)

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