Titusville in Crawford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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 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.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Edwin L. Drake
Additional keywords. petroleum
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