Near Oil City in Venango County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Owners and Producers from 1859 to 2000
Brewer, Watson & Company signed the first oil lease for land with Hamilton McClintock in 1869 and began drilling in 1860. On May 6, 2000, the oil well they drilled in 1861 was accepted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in recognition of the world’s most significant industry.
1860> - Brewer, Watson & Company hired J.D. Angier to “kick down” a well, stipulating that “drilling must commence before August 1861, and reach 200 feet … without delay.”
1865> - McClintock Petroleum Company owned the well and hired John and Joe Bowers to operate it.
1892> - Joseph E. Robinson and William Cochran purchased McClintock Well for $13,500. Robin bought out Cochran and formed Robinson Oil Company.
1927> - Brundred Oil Corporation bought Robinson Oil’s leases with 92 wells.
1952> - Quaker State Corporation bought Brundred Oil
1995> - Well ownership was temporarily from Quaker State to The Colonel, Inc. (now Friends of Drake Well). Augie Holtz and the the PA independent Petroleum Producers kept it pumping.
2000> - Pennsylvania
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 41° 27.609′ N, 79° 41.49′ W. Marker is near Oil City, Pennsylvania, in Venango County. Marker is on Waitz Road. Marker is 250 yards west of PA 8 just across railroad tracks. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oil City PA 16301, 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. McClintock Well #1 (here, next to this marker); H. McClintock Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Oldest Producing Oil Well (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry R. Rouse (1823-1861) (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rynd Farm (approx. 1˝ miles away); Col. Francis "Gabby" Gabreski (approx. 1˝ miles away); McClintock-Steele-Waitz House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Charles Lockhart (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oil City.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 8, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.