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Near Alma in Allegany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

B.J. Thomas

(1843-1918)

 
 
B.J. Thomas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel, May 26, 2013
1. B.J. Thomas Marker
Inscription. Driller & contractor from PA, who earned nickname of "Dry Hole Ben" by seldom promoting successful oil wells. His continued faith in paying quantities of oil in Allegany County let him drill many historical wells. Including the "Wildcat Well" on this hillside (arrow). Ben eventually sold his equipment and holdings to O.P. Taylor.
 
Erected by By Ben's Grandson, Charles D. White.
 
Location. 42° 0.61′ N, 78° 3.958′ W. Marker is near Alma, New York, in Allegany County. Marker is on Petrolia Road 0.1 miles east of Stony Lonesome Hollow Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alma NY 14708, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Triangle No. 1 (approx. 5.7 miles away); This Is Oil Country! (approx. 6.5 miles away); Early Cemetery (approx. 6.6 miles away); Lesuer House (approx. 6.6 miles away); One Mile East of this Spot (approx. 7 miles away); First Town Meeting (approx. 8.1 miles away); Pennsylvania (approx. 10.1 miles away in Pennsylvania); Ceres (approx. 10.5 miles away in Pennsylvania).
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
B.J. Thomas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel, May 26, 2013
2. B.J. Thomas Marker
Alma Wild Cat Well monument & pipe image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel, May 26, 2013
3. Alma Wild Cat Well monument & pipe
First producing oil in Alma Township April 1878
Alma Wild Cat Well monument image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel, May 26, 2013
4. Alma Wild Cat Well monument
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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