Titusville in Crawford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Wolf's Head Oils and Lubes
In 1879, A.L. Confer constructed a refining still 18 miles from here in Reno, PA called the Empire Oil Works.
He recognized a need for a better illuminating oil and used carefully controlled temperatures to create a high-quality kerosene. In 1911, C.H. Ellingwood organized Wolverine Lubricants Company of New York and merged with Empire in 1928 to become Wolverine-Empire Refining Company. They specialized in aviation oil and were direct suppliers to Pan-American Airways.
In 1940, the company became Wolf's Head and supplied WWII flying fortresses and B-29s. Staying local for many years, Wolf's Head was bought by Pennzoil in 1963 and is now owned by Shell.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
Location. 41° 37.092′ N, 79° 40.27′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Pennsylvania, in Crawford County. Marker is on Smock Boulevard (Pennsylvania Route 8). 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. Valvoline (here, next to this marker); Amalie (here, Penn-Drake Motor Oils (here, next to this marker); Sterling Oil (here, next to this marker); Quaker State Motor Oil (here, next to this marker); Oil Creek (here, next to this marker); Tidewater (here, next to this marker); Pennzoil & South Penn (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
Additional keywords. Petroleum
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