History of University Lands
The PUF Lands have a rich history dating back to the early days of the Republic of Texas, when President Mirabeau B. Lamar, the "Father of Texas Education",
called upon Congress to take action.
President Mirabeau B. Lamar addressed the Third Congress of the Republic of Texas, urging the Congress to establish the foundation
of a vast system of education
The Republic of Texas Congress set aside fifty leagues (220,000 acres) of land for the establishment and endowment of a university (Grant #1)
The State of Texas Constitution Congress called for the creation of the University of Texas and appropriated 1 million acres of
land for the establishment of a Permanent University Fund (Grant #2)
An additional 1 million acres were added to the PUF Lands (Grant #3)
Oil was discovered from the first completed well, Santa Rita No. 1, in Reagan County
The Board for Lease of University Lands was created by the Texas Legislature, transferring oil and gas management authority to the
Board from the Texas General Land Office
The management authority for all minerals other than oil and gas was transferred from the Texas General Land Office to the
University of Texas System Board of Regents
The Santa Rita #1
Located on PUF Lands near Big Lake, Texas, the Santa Rita #1 was the first oil discovery in the Permian Basin.
The first royalty payment to the Permanent University Fund was made on
August 24, 1923 in the amount of $516.53. The Santa Rita #1 was plugged on May 20, 1990 after producing 131,775 barrels of crude oil.
A group in front of the Texon Oil & Land Company
circa 1926, Reagan County, Texas
Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
Betty Orbeck Collection
Today, the PUF Lands comprise 2.1 million acres in nineteen counties in West Texas.
Total Acres: 2,104,772