Sistersville in Tyler County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Big Moses” Well / Polecat Oil Well
"Big Moses" Well
Drilled on Joshua Russell farm 2 mi. North on Polecat Run. Almost abandoned because of presence of salt water, the well was made producer by Ludwig and Weeter's introduction of technology to siphon off water. Drilled to Big Injun sand, it proved the Sistersville anticline, led to Sistersville's boom and to recognition of field as greatest producing area at the turn of the century.
Polecat Oil Well
Drilled on Moses Spencer farm on Indian Creek 2 mi. east of Sistersville and attributed greatest in W. Va. Brought in on 6 Sept. 1894, with estimated daily capacity of 100 million cu. ft., Big Moses blew until 28 Nov. Controlled for 3 months, pressure burst casing and well blew until 27 Aug. 1895. Twice fired, reductions in pressure by waste and excessive drilling, led to abandonment.
Erected 1980 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
Location. 39° 33.878′ N, 80° 59.913′ W. Marker is in Sistersville, West Virginia, in Tyler County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Catherine Street, on the right when traveling south on Riverside Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sistersville WV 26175, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Little Sister (a few steps from this marker); Sistersville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fly Landing of the Sistersville Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away in Ohio); George Washington (approx. 0.3 miles away in Ohio); Wells Family Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sardis Historic Town Pump (approx. 6.1 miles away in Ohio); Adena Burial Mound (approx. 8.7 miles away); Levi Morgan (approx. 8.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sistersville.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.