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Findlay in Hancock County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Oesterlen Well Site / Old Mill Stream Fairgrounds

 
 
Oesterlen Well Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, July 7, 2014
1. Oesterlen Well Site Marker
Inscription.
Oesterlen Well Site
The site of the natural gas well generally credited with the beginning of the "Gas Boom" in Hancock County is approximately 300 feet west of this marker. German physician, Dr. Charles Oesterlen drilled the well on his land in 1884. In Dec. 5 of that year the well reached a depth of 1092 feet and produced 250,000 cubic feet of gas in a 24-hour period.

Old Mill Stream Fairgrounds
The Hancock County Agricultural Society was organized on March 26, 1938. The Society soon purchased an 80 acre farm once owned by Tell Taylor, composer of the song "Down by the Old Mill Stream," and held its first fair on this site October 13-15, 1938. The county fair has been held here every year since then except for 1942 during World War II.
 
Erected 1989 by Hancock County Agricultural Society, Historic Preservation Guild of Hancock County. (Marker Number 16- 32.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 2.127′ N, 83° 37.879′ W. Marker is in Findlay, Ohio, in Hancock County. Marker can be reached from E Sandusky St (Ohio Route 568) south of in Hancock County Fairgrounds

Old Mill Stream Fairgrounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten
2. Old Mill Stream Fairgrounds Marker
. Click for map. Ohio Historical Marker #16- 32 is on the main driveway through the Fairgrounds. The Boulder w/plaque and the well are west of the Marker in a small fenced area at the west edge of the Fairgrounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1017 E Sandusky St, Findlay OH 45840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Riverside Park / Old Mill Stream (approx. half a mile away); Hull's Army (approx. half a mile away); The Glass Industry of Findlay, Ohio (approx. 0.6 miles away); First School Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Underground Railroad in Hancock County (approx. one mile away); Outstanding New Building, 1978 - 1979 (approx. one mile away); Hancock County Courthouse (approx. one mile away); Outstanding Renovated Building, 1980 - 1986 (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Findlay.
 
More about this marker. this is a dual marker, noting two separate subjects.
 
Regarding Oesterlen Well Site / Old Mill Stream Fairgrounds. There are multiple other markers and monuments in the Findlay area regarding the gas and Oil Boom.
 
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Oesterlen Gas Well image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, July 7, 2014
3. Oesterlen Gas Well
the actual Oesterlen gas well, still producing
Oesterlen Well original marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, July 7, 2014
4. Oesterlen Well original marker
this boulder w/plaque is in a small fenced area, adjacent to the actual well. This is on the west side of the Fairgrounds
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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