Ector County Discovery Well

Ector County Discovery Well (HM1MOV)

Location: Odessa, TX 79766 Ector County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 43.244', W 102° 37.563'

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The discovery of Oil in Ector County December 28, 1926, marked the beginning of a new economic era for this region.
The first Well, " J.S. Cosden No.1-A W.E. Connell ", was named for the driller and owner of land. Its meager initial output of 38 barrels per day did not cause much excitement, but experts insisted that vast oil deposits lay under area (Permian Basin).
In 1929, Robert Penn's Gusher catapulted Odessa to boom-town fame. Oil has sustained the area economy since then, although the discovery Well was plugged and abandoned in 1940.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967
Marker Number1381
Year Placed1967
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 9th, 2015 at 6:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 724938 N 3511932
Decimal Degrees31.72073333, -102.62605000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 43.244', W 102° 37.563'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 43' 14.64" N, 102° 37' 33.78" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Interstate 20 Service Rd, Odessa TX 79766, US
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