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Galena-Signal Oil Company

 
 
Galena-Signal Oil Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 30, 2011
1. Galena-Signal Oil Company Marker
Inscription. Founded 1865. Under the leadership of Charles Miller and Joseph Sibley, it produced high-quality lubricants used by most United States railroads. Purchased 1878 by John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil, which used Galena-Signal products to gain dominance over area railroads and a virtual monopoly of the United States oil industry. Independent after the breakup of Standard Oil in 1911. Absorbed 1931 by Valvoline. Headquarters located here from 1901-1931.
 
Erected 1999 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 23.783′ N, 79° 49.63′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Pennsylvania, in Venango County. Marker is at the intersection of Liberty Street (Pennsylvania Route 8) and South Park Street, on the right when traveling north on Liberty Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin PA 16323, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Bissell (within shouting distance of this marker); Venango County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel C.T. Dodd (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Garrison
Galena-Signal Oil Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 30, 2011
2. Galena-Signal Oil Company Marker
(approx. mile away); Major General Jesse L. Reno (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Franklin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Johnny Appleseed (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Also see . . .
1. Galena Oil Co. and Signal Oil at Oil150.com. (Submitted on May 31, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Joseph Crocker Sibley at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on June 1, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Galena-Signal Oil Company - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAhistory.com (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 568 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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