Lubbock, Tx. [ca. 1928]. Blueline map, 34 x 74 inches. Folded, printed on linen. Light wear along fold lines with no loss. Scattered minor dust soiling and dampstaining. Contemporary manuscript annotations. Very good. Item #1431
This mammoth map depicts oil exploration at the western edge of the Permian Basin during the late 1920s, and was drawn by Edgar Greer Shelton and R. Red of Lubbock. It covers the counties adjacent to the Texas-New Mexico border from Curry to Lovington in New Mexico, and from Parmer to Andrews County in Texas. A legend identifies wells at different stages including derrick, drilling, producing well, dry hole, gasser and abandoned wells. Numerous manuscript annotations, including notes on land ownership and the sites of new wells, have been added, mostly on the New Mexico side of the border. We date this map to 1928, a year derived from the appearance on the printed map of a well, "Harris No. 1," in Andrews County which state records date as 1928. The same company, Deep Rock Oil, drilled four additional wells from 1929 to 1932 which do not appear on the map despite one in 1929, "Ogden No. 1," on the neighboring lot Block A46, that became the first major discovery in the county and triggered a boom there. A great working example of southwestern oil cartography just prior to the onset of the Depression. We locate no other copies.