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Near Saxonburg in Butler County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William A. Smith

 
 
William A. Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 22, 2011
1. William A. Smith Marker
Inscription. Known as “Uncle Billy” Smith. In 1859, he drilled the world's first successful oil well with tools that he made in his blacksmith shop near Tarentum. The well, 69½ feet deep, was drilled near Titusville for Colonel Edwin Drake. “Uncle Billy” died in 1890. He lies buried about 120 feet southeast of here.
 
Erected 1955 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 46.104′ N, 79° 47.239′ W. Marker is near Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of North Pike Road (Pennsylvania Route 356) and Cooper Road, on the right when traveling north on North Pike Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cabot PA 16023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. KDKA "Dog House" (approx. 1.6 miles away); John and Carl Roebling House (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Roeblings (approx. 1.9 miles away); Influenza Epidemic Victims (approx. 5.1 miles away); Reverend Richard C. Christy (approx. 5.6 miles away); General Richard Butler (approx. 8.4 miles away); Butler County (approx. 8.4 miles away); Invention Of The Jeep (approx. 8.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Saxonburg.
 
Also see . . .
William A. Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 22, 2011
2. William A. Smith Marker
The tall monumental stone in the graveyard is William Smith's grave

1. William A. Smith - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAhistory.com (Submitted on May 23, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. William Andrew "Uncle Billy" Smith at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on February 20, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
William A. Smith Grave image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 22, 2011
3. William A. Smith Grave
William A. Smith Grave Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 22, 2011
4. William A. Smith Grave Inscription
William Andrew Smith
Born February 5, 1812
Died July 27, 1890

Here lies the
Blacksmith of Tarentum,
"Uncle Billy" Smith,
Who made at his own anvil,
the tools he used to drill
the world's first oil well
at Titusville, PA.
Completed August 27, 1859,
giving the world petroleum
in abundance for light,
heat, power and lubrication.

The Petroleum Industry's
millions of workers salute
the memory of the original
oil well driller, William A. Smith,
in tribute to his loyalty,
courage and craftsmanship.

The Oil Industry of Pennsylvania
October 18, 1952
William A. Smith Grave Artwork image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 22, 2011
5. William A. Smith Grave Artwork
Carving of Drake Well on William Smith's grave.
William A. Smith image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
6. William A. Smith
Courtesy the Drake Well Museum, PHMC Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums "Uncle Billy" Smith, trained as a blacksmith, worked with Edwin Drake to drill the first successful oil well.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 819 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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