Moorhead Cable Tool Rig

Moorhead Cable Tool Rig (HM15O4)

Location: Kermit, TX 79745 Winkler County
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N 31° 51.389', W 103° 4.775'

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Last wooden oil derrick in U.S. to retire from daily use. Drilled Moorhead No. 1 well on Chapman-McAlvane lease, Loving County. Has bull wheels and rig irons of type not made since 1920s. However, in its day it made deep drilling possible. Pump was steam-driven until 1942, when 4-cylinder gasoline engine began to run the "Yo-Yo" wheels and walking beam. Well was put on electric pump, 1966. Given by R.O. Moorhead to city of Kermit, as a Permian Basin oil empire history exhibit, rig was moved 35 miles to this site without being dismantled.
HM NumberHM15O4
Marker Number3465
Year Placed1966
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 2:54pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 681690 N 3526135
Decimal Degrees31.85648333, -103.07958333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 51.389', W 103° 4.775'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 51' 23.34" N, 103° 4' 46.50" W
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Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2110 Tommy Thompson, Kermit TX 79745, US
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