Ozona's Water System

Ozona's Water System (HM2725)

Location: Ozona, TX 76943 Crockett County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 42.739', W 101° 11.831'

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This site was selected for the Crockett County seat in 1891 because of a producing water well (200' northwest). Joe Moss, who drilled for water throughout the area, dug the well for E. M. Powell (1847-1925), railroad surveyor, financier, and land developer. Powell laid out the town, donated the water well, windmill, storage cistern, and land for public buildings. Immediately the Commissioners Court designated the well site as County property. Residents hauled water home by hand, on horseback, and by wagon. Later a wagon delivered barrels of water door-to-door.

As a result of Ozona's rapid growth by 1900, Judge Charles E. Davidson organized locally-owned "Ozona Improvement Company." The business drilled more wells and laid a pipeline in town. This hilltop, a familiar site of windmills and sprawling storage tanks, was called "Waterworks Hill." In a few years power equipment was added to provide electricity and ice. A municipal water district was formed in the late 1930s under the guidance of Joe North.

Ozona has not suffered from a decrease in its water supply during times of drought. Its water system utilizes the vast underground limestone formations in which moisture is stored.
HM NumberHM2725
Year Placed1979
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 10:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 289591 N 3399781
Decimal Degrees30.71231667, -101.19718333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 42.739', W 101° 11.831'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 42' 44.34" N, 101° 11' 49.86" W
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Area Code(s)325, 432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-599 Water Works Dr, Ozona TX 76943, US
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