Burkburnett (HM1F62)

Location: Burkburnett, TX 76354 Wichita County
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N 34° 6.059', W 98° 32.855'

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("Boomtown, U.S.A."; 1 mi. sw)

One of the most famous Texas boom towns. Name was given to post office at request of President T.R. Roosevelt after his 1905 wolf hunt with rancher Burk Burnett in this area. Townsite was laid out in 1907 by Joseph A. Kemp and Frank Kell, surveyors and promoters of Wichita Falls & Northwestern Railroad. First oil discovery was Chris Schmoker No. 1, in 1912.
?????A 2200-barrel gusher was brought in on S.L. Fowler farm about a mile from this site, July 29, 1918, by a company formed by Fowler, his brother, W.D. Cline and J.I. Staley. In 3 months 200 wells had been completed in Burkburnett Townsite - a forest of derricks. Money and oil flowed freely. A bank capitalized at $25,000 got monthly revenue of $10,000 from a well drilled at its back door. The town's population jumped from 1500 to 15,000 in a year. Boom area was extended by finds on properties of Burk-Waggoner Company and by Kemp-Munger-Allen operations to the southwest.
?????Town was made world famous in 1941 by the movie "Boomtown", filmed from a popular story entitled "Lady Comes to Burkburnett".
?????Economy is dependent on agriculture and oil. An important neighbor is Sheppard Air Force Base.
HM NumberHM1F62
Marker Number571_MARKER_N
Year Placed1966
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee and Wichita County
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 541730 N 3773445
Decimal Degrees34.10098333, -98.54758333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 6.059', W 98° 32.855'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 6' 3.54" N, 98° 32' 51.30" W
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Area Code(s)940
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1523 E 3rd St, Burkburnett TX 76354, US
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