Ector County's First Dry Hole

Ector County's First Dry Hole (HM1MN1)

Location: Odessa, TX 79761 Ector County
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N 31° 51.724', W 102° 20.802'

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Drilled in 1924 near this site. Geologists were forecasting oil and urgently needed potash, but Pennsylvania experts (using a chilled shop core drill) gave up the well at 900 feet, on "Red Bed" Rock—A substance new to them. Loss in this and a second drilling was $150.000.

In 1927 a well was brought in just west of Odessa, and in a few years oil was found within yards of the first dry hole. By 1964 Ector County had 9,600 oil and 22 gas wells. However, the U.S. average is 8 dry holes out of 9 wells such as that drilled here in 1924.
HM NumberHM1MN1
Marker Number1384
Year Placed1965
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 751032 N 3528216
Decimal Degrees31.86206667, -102.34670000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 51.724', W 102° 20.802'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 51' 43.44" N, 102° 20' 48.12" W
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Area Code(s)432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 911 N Grandview Ave, Odessa TX 79761, US
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