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Charleston in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Gas Well

 
 
First Gas Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, November 10, 2008
1. First Gas Well Marker
Inscription. In 1815 Captain James Wilson while drilling here for salt brine vowed he would drill to Hades if necessary. A large flow of gas was struck that ignited and burned with a huge flame, apparently fulfilling the captain's original vow.
 
Erected 1974 by West Virginia Department of Archives and History.
 
Location. 38° 20.674′ N, 81° 37.986′ W. Marker is in Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is on Kanawha Boulevard just west of Brooks Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Next to the banks of the Kanawha River. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston WV 25301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Lee (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Clendenin (within shouting distance of this marker); William Blizzard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Charleston (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Block (approx. 0.4 miles away); State Capitol (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Block (approx. half a mile away); Military Occupation (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
First Gas Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, November 10, 2008
2. First Gas Well Marker
Photo taken looking west on Kanawha Blvd with the Kanawha River on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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