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Titusville in Crawford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Drake Well

 
 
Drake Well Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 4, 2019
1. Drake Well Marker
Inscription.  
Edwin I. Drake, a former railroad conductor , traveled to Titusville in 1857 to find and produce oil in commercial quantities

Partnering with salt well driller and blacksmith "Uncle Billy" Smith, they persevered to strike oil in August 27, 1859 at a depth of 69.5 feet. Their discovery prompted people to pour into the region for their chance at wealth.

Titusville became the birthplace of the oil industry.

Drake Well Museum is located 1 mile from here and provides a glimpse inside the valley that changed the world.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is August 27, 1859.
 
Location. 41° 37.085′ N, 79° 40.272′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Pennsylvania, in Crawford County. Marker is on Smock Road (Pennsylvania Route 8), on the right 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. Sun Oil Co./Sunoco (here, next to this marker); Exxon (here, next to this marker); Gulf (here, next to this marker); Spindletop (here, next to this marker);
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Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 4, 2019
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Texaco (here, next to this marker); Union 76 Gasoline (here, next to this marker); Pennzoil & South Penn (here, next to this marker); Sterling Oil (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
 
Also see . . .  Drake was born in Greenville, NY. (Submitted on May 14, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
 
Additional keywords. petroleum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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May. 21, 2022