Birthplace of the Petroleum Industry
West of the
Mississippi River, in this well, drilled by H. G. Johnston, E. H. Akin,
and Charles Rittersbacher under contract for a water well for the city
of Corsicans in 1894, the first oil in commercial quantities in the
mid-continent area was discovered at 1035 feet.
Marker erected by the State of Texas in 1936