Church and Fields Oil Discovery Well

Church and Fields Oil Discovery Well (HM1LWK)

Location: , TX Crane County
Country: United States of America
Buy Texas State flags at Flagstore.com!

N 31° 30.199', W 102° 21.457'

  • 0 likes
  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
  • 316 views
Inscription

(Drilling site 2.25 miles southeast)

Since 1839 Texas has set aside her public lands to finance education. The University of Texas at Austin acquired the land at this site in 1883, after the first owner, a railroad company, returned it to the state as worthless. For years McElroy Ranch grazed cattle here. On similar terrain 70 miles to the southeast the Santa Rita Gusher blew in during 1923, and soon other University lands were being explored for oil.
Church & Fields Exploration Company, composed of George M. Church and Robert Fields of San Angelo, obtained a permit late in 1925 to drill in section 34, block 30, in University land on McElroy Ranch. On Dec. 28, 1925, contractor Burton F. Weekley and Driller John Garlin started the Church & Fields well, 2.25 miles southeast of this spot. In March 1926 this became Crane County's first oil producer, opening a new major field for west Texas. Soon other wells were driller and local population rose from 27 to about 4,500. In Sept. 1927 county government was organized as a result of the oil field activity.
Until 1955 the discovery well continued to produce. Since the day it proved successful and an asset to education and energy production, over a billion barrels of oil have come from University of Texas lands.
Details
HM NumberHM1LWK
Tags
Marker Number851
Year Placed1978
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
Pictures
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 750963 N 3488409
Decimal Degrees31.50331667, -102.35761667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 30.199', W 102° 21.457'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 30' 11.94" N, 102° 21' 27.42" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-385, TX , US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. This marker needs at least one picture.
  8. Area Code
  9. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  10. Is the marker in the median?