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Near Titusville in Venango County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Densmore Tank Cars

 
 
Densmore Tank Cars Marker image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, October 25, 2009
1. Densmore Tank Cars Marker
Inscription. The first functional railway oil tank car was invented and constructed in 1865 by James and Amos Densmore at nearby Miller Farm along Oil Creek. It consisted of two wooden tanks placed on a flat railway car; each tank held 40-45 barrels of crude oil. A successful test shipment was sent in Sept., 1865 to New York City. By 1866, hundreds of tank cars were in use. The Densmore Tank Car revolutionized the bulk transportation of crude oil to market.
 
Erected 2004 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 34.162′ N, 79° 41.527′ W. Marker is near Titusville, Pennsylvania, in Venango County. Marker is on William Flinn Highway (Pennsylvania Route 8) near Turkey Farm Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Next to Cross Creek Resort property. Marker is in this post office area: Titusville PA 16354, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Drake Well (approx. 3.4 miles away); Drake Well Park (approx. 3.4 miles away); Roberts Torpedo (approx. 3.6 miles away); Oil Creek (approx. 3.8 miles away); Titusville Trust Company, 1919
Densmore Tank Cars Marker image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, October 25, 2009
2. Densmore Tank Cars Marker
Photo taken looking north on Route 8.
(approx. 4 miles away); Titusville Oil Exchange (approx. 4.1 miles away); Ida M. Tarbell (approx. 4.3 miles away); John William Heisman (approx. 4.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Titusville.
 
Also see . . .  Oil Creek Railroad. Includes photo of Densmore Tank Car. (Submitted on December 18, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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