First Irrigation Well in Bailey County

First Irrigation Well in Bailey County (HM1YYV)

Location: Muleshoe, TX 79347 Bailey County
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N 34° 14.635', W 102° 51.786'

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Dug by hand in 1909 on farm of Willard Burns. A pit well (large enough for workmen to enter), it measured 6 by 10 feet across and 15 feet deep. A 10-inch centrifugal pump removed 1,000 gallons of water per minute. Upon its completion, settlers from miles around gathered to hold a "water carnival", which became a local custom whenever wells were dug. Hundreds of such wells made agriculture profitable in this low rainfall area. Well and pump were abandoned when turbine pumps came into use, 1920s. No signs of it remain.
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HM NumberHM1YYV
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Year Placed1972
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, June 16th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees34.24391667, -102.86310000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 14.635', W 102° 51.786'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 14' 38.1" N, 102° 51' 47.16" W
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Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1030-1078 FM 1760, Muleshoe TX 79347, US
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