“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lima in Allen County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Solar Refinery

Solar Refinery Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
1. Solar Refinery Marker (Side A)
Side A:
Oil became a valuable resource in Ohio when significant quantities were discovered in Lima in 1885. The discovery brought an economic boom to Lima and northwest Ohio. News of the Lima oil field spread, attracting the attention of John D. Rockefeller, co-founder of Standard Oil. Against the advice of his board, Rockefeller invested heavily in Lima crude, despite its high sulfur content and foul odor. Storage tanks and pipelines for the crude sprung up rapidly. Having great faith in the ingenuity of his engineers and scientists, Rockefeller stockpiled the crude and sent Standard's chief refining specialist, J. W. Van Dyke, to Lima to construct and manage the new Solar Refinery. Together with Herman Frasch, a German chemist, the two men perfected the technique to desulphurize the crude and turn it into quality kerosene and fuel oil.
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From 1886 to 1900, the Lima Oil Field was the leading producer of oil in the world yielding 190 million barrels. Lima also became a significant pipeline center and by 1893 a trunk line carried oil to light the buildings at
Solar Refinery Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
2. Solar Refinery Marker (Side B)
the Chicago World's Fair. While the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890 eventually led to the 1911 break up of Standard Oil's monopoly, the company continued to play an important role in Ohio. In the year 2000, Ohio had more than 62,000 active oil wells and produced 6.5 million barrels of crude. Although the current Lima refinery imports its oil via pipeline, the complex is the oldest, continuously operated oil refinery site in Ohio.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Premcor Lima Refinery, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 43.333′ N, 84° 6.805′ W. Marker is in Lima, Ohio, in Allen County. Marker is at the intersection of Metcalf Street and Paul Street, on the right when traveling south on Metcalf Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the refinery entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1150 S. Metcalf Street, Lima OH 45804, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Shawnee Indian Reservation (approx. 0.6 miles away); Circular Street (approx. 0.9 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx.
Solar Refinery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 9, 2009
3. Solar Refinery and Marker
1.3 miles away); Veterans Freedom Flag Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Interurban Era (approx. 1.4 miles away); Faurot Opera House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ohio's First Electric Street Car Line (approx. 1.4 miles away); Historic House (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lima.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,589 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 3, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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