First Producing Gas Well In McMullen County And First Gas Pipeline To San Antonio

First Producing Gas Well In McMullen County And First Gas Pipeline To San Antonio (HMSAN)

Location: Calliham, TX 78007 McMullen County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 28.807', W 98° 20.924'

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(South of Frio River, 1 Mi. NE)

Thirty year before the first producing gas well was drilled in this county, traces of salt water, sulphur, gas, and oil in water wells gave hints of the presence of petroleum here. For years wildcat drilling went on, but with only moderate success.

Then in 1908, a well on Charles Byrne's land began to blow warm sulphur water and gas 120 feet into the air every 8 days, arousing much interest. After this discovery, Byrne, a promoter, set out to locate capitalist to develop his petroleum deposits.

Armed with a picture of the gusher and a bottle of area oil, he attracted the attention of W.M. "Bee" Stephenson, his sons Light and Donald, and others.

The well they drilled here in 1917-1918, on the Tom Brown tract, blew in at 816 Feet with 62,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas a day, but for 3 months it spewed our of control because of the intense subsurface pressure and inadequate equipment.

After other producers were drilled, W.M. Stephenson arranged to pipe gas to San Antonio, 68 miles north, in 1922. Among those joining this enterprise was H.A. Pagenkopf, Wichita Falls oil man, thus petroleum took a leading role in the economy of McMullen County.
Year Placed1970
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 5:15am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 563748 N 3150561
Decimal Degrees28.48011667, -98.34873333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 28.807', W 98° 20.924'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 28' 48.42" N, 98° 20' 55.44" W
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Area Code(s)361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 609 Recreational Rd 8, Calliham TX 78007, US
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