Henderson, Texas Department of Tourism: Visit Henderson, TX


Daisy Bradford No.3, Discovery Well

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First Oil Well in East Texas.  Lead to the discovery of the largest oil field in the world during the 1930’s.

Driving instructions to well:  Leave Henderson on SH 64 to the intersection of SH 323 (Overton Hwy).  Take SH 323 6.8 miles. A long the way on your right you will see a modern brick country church.  Pleasant Hill Cemetery across the highway is the burial site of 171 students  and teachers who were killed at the New London School explosion.  Continue on SH 323 1.2 miles until you come to a County Road 4136 on your left.  You will see a brown Historic Sign marker across the road on your right.  Turn left on to 4136.  Continue down the winding oil road for 1.6 miles.  You will see a white pipe fence on your right.  There you will find the Historical Sign Marker and the oil well. Typically the pump jack is in operation.

Not far from this site, is The London Museum Café & Soda Fountain which chronicles the town’s history and tragedy of the worst school explosion in history. You may visit this site on our Attraction Section of this website, or by visiting their website at www.newlondonschool.org

The Gaston Museum is located just 2 miles from the Discovery Well. The museum has a special exhibit devoted to Daisy Miller Bradford, Dad Joiner, and the Discovery Well. The Well is located in what was the Gaston Independent School District. The museum revisits life in the 1930’s era. You may visit this website under attractions for additional information or visit the museum’s website at www.gastonmuseum.org

Driving instructions can also be found by downloading the Wildflower brochure on the City of Henderson website. www.hendersontx.us

City of Henderson
Dept of Tourism
tourism@hendersontx.us  or 855-650-5529 for your free copy.

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