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

Ruffner Well

 
 
Ruffner Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 23, 2014
1. Ruffner Well Marker
Inscription. In 1808 David and Joseph Ruffner near here on the bank of the Kanawha completed a well into solid rock to a depth of 59 feet by a method and with drilling tools they devised, which was further developed in this valley by themselves and Billye Morris into what is now known as the cable tool method of drilling. Drilling tools and drillers from the Kanawha Valley drilled the first well for oil at Titusville, Pennsylvania.
 
Erected 1963 by The W. Va. Centennial Committee of the oil and natural gas industry
West Virginia Historic Commission. (Marker Number X-2.)
 
Location. 38° 18.161′ N, 81° 33.367′ W. Marker is near Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is at the intersection of Kanawha Boulevard East (U.S. 60) and Georges Drive, on the right when traveling south on Kanawha Boulevard East. Click for map. The marker is located next to the east-bound deceleration lane for Malden (Midland Trail) exit. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston WV 25306, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rev. Ruffner's Grave (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Necessary Ingredient (approx. 0.3 miles away); Malden / Booker T. Washington Homeplace
Wide view of the Ruffner Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 23, 2014
2. Wide view of the Ruffner Well Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Daniel Boone (approx. 2.5 miles away); a different marker also named Daniel Boone (approx. 2.5 miles away); Charleston 's Civil War Sites (approx. 2.6 miles away); Craik-Patton House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Lewis’ March (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Also see . . .  WVGES Geology: History of West Virginia Salt Industry. (Submitted on September 3, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Picture of the Ruffner Well site at the mouth of Campbell Creek on the Kanawha River in Port Amherst. • Can you help?
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