Historic Markers Across Florida

Sunniland Oil Field

Marker ID: FLHM F-188
Location: S.R. 29 in Oil Well Park, 8.6 miles north of junct
County: Collier
Coordinates: N 26° 16.934    W 081° 20.593
  26.28223333    -81.34321666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM550H


The first commercial oil well in Florida, located just east of this site, was drilled in 1943 by Humble Oil and Refining Company. The discovery of oil at a depth of over 11,500 feet proved that there was oil in Florida. Seventeen wells were subsequently drilled near here. Sunniland was the state´s only commercial oil field until 1964 although there had been extensive drilling since 1900. A vision of Barron Gift Collier was thus fulfilled.

Collier County Historical Society and the Collier County Historical Commission in Cooperation with Dept. of State - 1971


City: Sunniland