First Oil Well In Alabama

First Oil Well In Alabama (HM1IU9)

Location: Gilbertown, AL 36908 Choctaw County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 52.159', W 88° 21.082'

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On January 2, 1944, the State of Alabama granted Hunt Oil Company a permit to drill the A.R. Jackson Well No. 1 at this location near Gilbertown. Hunt Oil Company was owned by the famous oil man, H.L. Hunt of Dallas, Texas. Drilling commenced on January 10, 1944, and was completed approximately one month later. The well struck oil at a depth of 2,580 feet in fractured Selma chalk. The discovery of this well led to the creation of the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama in 1945, and to the development and growth of the petroleum industry in the State.
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HM NumberHM1IU9
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Year Placed1994
Placed ByThe Alabama Historical Association
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Date Added Saturday, January 17th, 2015 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 372170 N 3526746
Decimal Degrees31.86931667, -88.35136667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 52.159', W 88° 21.082'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 52' 9.54" N, 88° 21' 4.92" W
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Area Code(s)251, 205
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Co Rd 16, Gilbertown AL 36908, US
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