They’re Still Pumping Along
It’s intriguing that there are a number of old pumping jacks still producing oil in this area. I’m bringing you photos and information on some of them. The photo above is of the Gossett-Shannon #505 located just southeast of Pleasanton on Coughran Rd. It was drilled by Sun Exploration and Production Co. (commonly known as Sunoco) in December, 1982, in the Escondido Sandstone, in the Navarro Formation. Its initial production rate was 30 barrels of oil per day from perforations in an interval between 4,640 and 4,680 feet This pump jack was unique because it was an old Parkersburg Rig and Reel pump, a chain-driven D-160. Ron Rickaway, of Pleasanton, who owns and operates the well, said that when he and his sons work in that area, they refer to it as the “dinosaur”, that “danged ole’ pumpin’ unit”. You can see this pump jack, on the right, about a mile down Coughran Rd., just past the homes in the area.
Next, is a photo of the C. C. Winn #1 Troell, located to the west of IH 37, south of Pleasanton. This well was drilled in the South Pleasanton (Carrizo) Field, discovered in 1952. The well pictured here produces from a depth of about 1,890 feet from a fault trap at the top of the Carrizo Sandstone. Initial production was approximately 80 barrels of oil per day.
The two wells in photos above are in the city of Charlotte in the Charlotte (Navarro) Field. Top photo is the Farrell Well (Lease #03284) near Yule Street. The next photo is the Ryan Well (Lease #05449) located on FM 140 (Edwards Ave.)
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