First Rotary Drilling Rig Used in Texas Panhandle

First Rotary Drilling Rig Used in Texas Panhandle (HM1RKF)

Location: Panhandle, TX 79068 Carson County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 36.178', W 101° 24.36'

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(2.5 miles southeast)

In October 1923, W. T. Willis, J. E. Trigg, and H. D. Lewis, partners in one of Texas' largest drilling firms, broke ground at the S. B. Burnett 6666 Ranch with the first rotary drilling rig used in the Texas Panhandle. Success of this drilling method was a major event in this region. Drilling equipment included a $25,000 rotary rig; a 6-inch diameter drill pipe; a derrick; 3 steam boilers; 2 mud pumps; and other tools. Rotary rigs began to replace cable tool rigs on the Texas Gulf Coast about 1900, but the lack of a rotary drill bit capable of piercing rock delayed its use here.
Marker Number1860
Year Placed1993
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 282050 N 3942578
Decimal Degrees35.60296667, -101.40600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 36.178', W 101° 24.36'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 36' 10.68" N, 101° 24' 21.6" W
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Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near TX-207, Panhandle TX 79068, US
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