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The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886

 
 
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By Michael Baker, November 10, 2014
1. The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886 Marker
Inscription. The great Karg gas well January 20 1886 This marker is erected in humble pride by the people of Findlay Ohio June 21 1937
 
Erected 1937.
 
Location. 41° 2.601′ N, 83° 39.304′ W. Marker is in Findlay, Ohio, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of Apple Alley on Apple Alley. Click for map. This marker sits at the north end of Liberty Street in Findlay where it turns left at the Blanchard River onto Apple Alley. Marker is in this post office area: Findlay OH 45839, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Fort Findlay (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial Flagpole (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Ohio Oil Co - Marathon Oil Co / Gas Boom Era (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hancock County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.4 miles away); Outstanding Renovated Building, 1980 - 1986 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hancock County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Outstanding New Building, 1978 - 1979 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Findlay.
 
More about this marker. A beautiful marker showing the scene of the well while the gas was flowing
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By Michael Baker, November 10, 2014
2. The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886 Marker
and being burned off.
 
Regarding The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886. "Once upon a time here sat the largest gas well in world. The Great Karg Well was drilled in 1886, and overnight Findlay became an industrial boomtown. This single well produced 12,000,000 cubic feet (340,000 cubic meters) of gas per day, and when lit it burned with a flame 100ft high and was visible more than 30 miles away. At that time gas was simply a by-product of oil drilling, and with no way to store it they ended up piping it away for free to heat homes and drive industrial machinery. The primary benefactor was the glass industry, in which gas was the major expense, and glass companies relocated here from around the world. Eventually, though, the gas ran out, and within a decade the feverish pitch had ground to a trickle."
 
Additional comments.
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At some point the well was temporarily shut off and the standpipe was changed from being vertical to being horizontal, out over the river! The intense heat from the flame melted the ice, and continually boiled that section of river, sending up huge plumes of steam.
    — Submitted December 1, 2014, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio.

 
Additional keywords.
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By Michael Baker, November 10, 2014
3. The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886 Marker
Gas well
 
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The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, November 10, 2014
4. The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886 Marker
Apparently the wellhead was in the location shown up in the yard.
The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
5. The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886 Marker
The standpipe and flame, photo shot from the northern bank of the river.
The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
6. The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886 Marker
The first feature that strikes an observer is the great supply of gas, as evidenced by its tremendous pressure. It comes not with a flow as ordinarily understood, but in force like a mighty rushing wind. The gas from the great Karg well leaps and roars from its mouth night and day—a semi-volcanic pyramid of flame. The company has so far been unable to utilize the flow from this well, and, therefore, as a matter of safety allow the millions of feet of escaping gas to burn from an iron pipe extending from the mouth of the well to the bank of the river. Thousands of visitors have been attracted to Findlay during the past year to view her wonderful gas wells[. Quoting from a Toledo newspaper:] 'Five or six miles before reaching Findlay a brilliant light is seen in the heavens, and a mile or two further on discloses to the vision a great cloud of fire. This was the great Karg well.'
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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