“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Titusville in Crawford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Gulf Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 4, 2019
1. Gulf Marker
Inscription.  Gulf Oil was one of the many companies formed at Spindletop in January 1901. In late 1901, James M. Guffey bought out the interests of his partners in the Lucas Well (Galey and Lucas) and formed the J.M. Guffey Petroleum Company. Guffey received financial backing for the buyout from the Mellon's of Pittsburgh

In 1907, J.M. Guffey Petroleum Company and Gulf Refining merged to form Gulf Oil Corporation. William Mellon managed Gulf Oil from Pittsburgh as president.

Gulf Oil spread throughout Western Pennsylvania as the nation's first drive-in gas stations.

Gulf expanded overseas with Kuwait Oil Company in 1934. After political scandal rocked the company in 1975, Gulf went through a period of turmoil eventually merging with Chevron in 1984.

Gulf Oil's former headquarters in Pittsburgh, today known as Gulf Tower, remains one of the major distinctive and recognizable features of the city.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1901.
Location. 41° 37.086′ N, 79° 40.271′ W. Marker is in
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Titusville, Pennsylvania, in Crawford County. Marker is on Pennsylvania Route 8 when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Titusville PA 16354, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spindletop (here, next to this marker); Sun Oil Co./Sunoco (here, next to this marker); Union 76 Gasoline (here, next to this marker); Drake Well (here, next to this marker); Exxon (here, next to this marker); Texaco (here, next to this marker); Pennzoil & South Penn (here, next to this marker); Sterling Oil (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 28 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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May. 31, 2023