Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well

Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well (HM291X)

Location: Colorado City, TX 79512 Mitchell County
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N 32° 30.061', W 101° 3.002'

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(2/3 miles southwest)

Completion of The Westbrook Field T&P No. 1 oil well in 1920 signaled the beginning of commercial oil production in the Permian Basin. In the rush of oil activity that followed, the P.C. Coleman No. 1 Well was drilled on land owned by Dr. Preston C. Coleman, physician, civic leader and promoter of early oil development in Mitchell County. Completed in January 1923, the well was a slow producer. After nitroglycerine was used to temporarily increase production, the well was capped with a cedar stump. Frank Kelley, landman for the Magnolia Oil Co., removed the stump in 1925, and the well began flowing again. When occasional pumping yielded only small amounts of oil, Magnolia abandoned it in 1940.

Although not a significant producer, the P.C. Coleman No. 1 Well confirmed the possibility of further oil development on the eastern shelf of the Permian Basin. In 1946, large quantities of oil were found southwest of the discovery well on former public school land filed on in 1900 by Dr. Coleman's son Walter.

Marked today only by a concrete well cap on a concrete base, the site of the Coleman Ranch Field Discovery Well serves as a reminder of the early days of oil production in the Permian Basin.
HM NumberHM291X
Year Placed1983
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14H E 307406 N 6402176
Decimal Degrees32.50101667, -101.05003333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 30.061', W 101° 3.002'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 30' 3.6600" N, 101° 3' 0.1200" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Ranch Rd 1229, Colorado City TX 79512, US
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