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Cloverport in Breckinridge County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Coal Oil

 
 
First Coal Oil Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
1. First Coal Oil Marker
Inscription.  Coal oil first produced here 1851. Plant built 1857, reputed first of kind in world. Mine known for extensive veins of cannel coal. Coal loaded here, exported to England via New Orleans for gas manufacture. English-owned with Prince of Wales (King Edward VII) an investor. Disastrous fire, the discovery of petroleum, and Civil War caused cessation of operation.
 
Erected 1962 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 557.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersIndustry & CommerceNatural ResourcesWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
 
Location. 37° 50.225′ N, 86° 38.055′ W. Marker is in Cloverport, Kentucky, in Breckinridge County. Marker is on West Main Street (Kentucky Route 2200) east of Center Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in a pull-out north of Cloverport Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 West Main Street, Cloverport KY 40111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln Family Trail (within shouting distance
First Coal Oil Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
2. First Coal Oil Marker (tall view)
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of this marker); Cloverport Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Breckinridge County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Shipping Point (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tar Springs (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joseph Holt (approx. 3.3 miles away); Town of Patesville (approx. 6 miles away); Joseph Holt and Abraham Lincoln (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cloverport.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oil and Gas History of Kentucky.
1855 Kentucky: Crude oil as a medicine, had begun to lose its popularity; purchasers were finding that many of its supposed curative properties were purely imaginary. Toward the end of the decade, the bottling of oil at Burkesville ceased altogether.
1856 Kentucky: An oil distilling plant established in Breckinridge County, western Kentucky, to use the local cannel coals in the production of kerosene and paraffin. In his second survey of Kentucky, D. D. Owen describes the tar sands of Edmonson County. "At several localities in this neighborhood coal naptha, or petroleum, oozes from near the place
First Coal Oil Marker (<i>wide view; looking southwest along Ohio River</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
3. First Coal Oil Marker (wide view; looking southwest along Ohio River)
of one of the coals (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Breckinridge County Kentucky History. Adjacent to Cloverport there are fine beds of cannel coal. Prior to the discovery of petroleum in Pennsylvania and other regions, it was manufactured from this coal. A factory was built at Cloverport before the civil war, and for several years produced large quantities of oil, but since the era of petroleum this process became slow and expensive, and the distillation of oil from cannel coal was discontinued. The coal is being mined, however, by an English company, and to facilitate transportation a railroad has been constructed from the mines to the river at Cloverport. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
First Coal Oil Marker (<i>wide view; looking northeast across Ohio River; Main Street on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
4. First Coal Oil Marker (wide view; looking northeast across Ohio River; Main Street on right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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