The Joiner No. 3 Daisy Bradford

The Joiner No. 3 Daisy Bradford (HM1ZWZ)

Location: Henderson, TX 75654 Rusk County
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N 32° 10.706', W 94° 55.36'

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East Texas Oil Field Discovery Well

Discovery genius was C. M. (Dad) Joiner, 70-year-old Oklahoman who for years believed there was oil in Rusk County. Driller was E. C. Laster. Crew: Dennis May, Dave Cherry, Glenn Pool, Jim Lambert and Dave Hughes.

Joiner's 2 early efforts failed— one with a jammed bit, one with the drill pipe stuck. The rig was next skidded 300' down slope. "This is as good a place as any," said Laster. Then on May 8, 1929, Joiner No. 3 Daisy Bradford was spudded in. Equipment consisted of an old rotary rig powered by a single-cylinder engine; one 45 hp boiler; one old cotton gin boiler fired with soggy oak and pine chunks by roustabout Dan Tanner. The depression was on, and money scarce. The crew often went without pay. Joiner sacrificed much of his 10,000 acre block of leases. Finally, on Sept. 5, 1930, a drill stem logged at 3536' into the Woodbine Formation showed oil. A better rig had to be brought in. On Oct. 3, 1930, the well blew in and oil went over the crown block. The boom was on.

Cars were bumper-to-bumper on all access roads. Derricks rose in all directions. In its first 30 years, this great field produced more than 3.5 billion barrels of oil. It now covers some 200 square miles— the largest in the world.
Year Placed1965
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10980.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 10:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 318731 N 3561834
Decimal Degrees32.17843333, -94.92266667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 10.706', W 94° 55.36'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 10' 42.36" N, 94° 55' 21.6" W
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Area Code(s)903
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near TX-64, Henderson TX 75654, US
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