“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)


Texaco Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 4, 2019
1. Texaco Marker

Texaco was formed at Spindletop in 1901 by Joseph Cullinan and Arnold Schlaet as the Texas Fuel Company.

Cullinan served as president and general manager of Texaco.

Joseph Cullinan was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania and lived part of his early life in Shamburg, near Pleasantville, 8 miles from Titusville. Cullinan began working in the local Titusville oilfields at age fourteen and learned to perform almost every task associated with oil production. Cullinan was hired by Standard Oil National Transit Company in 1882.

Cullinan left Standard Oil in 1895 to organize his own company, Petroleum Iron Works in New Castle, PA; an operation that manufactured steel storage tanks.

When oil was discovered in Corsicana, Texas, in 1894, local developers invited Cullinan to advise them on production and marketing techniques, which lead to his involvement in the Spindletop oil field and subsequently the founding of Texaco.

For many years, Texaco was the only truly national brand selling in all fifty states under one name. It featured some of the most famous higher octane gasolines including Texaco Fire Chief and
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In 2001, Texaco was bought by Texaco by Chevron.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
Location. 41° 37.087′ 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. Spindletop (here, next to this marker); Union 76 Gasoline (here, next to this marker); Pennzoil & South Penn (here, next to this marker); Gulf (here, next to this marker); Sun Oil Co./Sunoco (here, next to this marker); Exxon (here, next to this marker); Drake Well (here, next to this marker); Penn-Drake Motor Oils (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
Additional keywords. petroleum
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 14 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 15, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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