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Near Clare in Clare County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Michigan's Petroleum Industry

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 6, 2019
1. Michigan's Petroleum Industry Marker
Inscription.  In 1860 State Geologist Alexander Winchell reported that oil and gas deposits lay under Michigan's surface. First commercial production was at Port Huron where 22 wells were drilled, beginning in 1886. Total output was small. Michigan's first oil boom was at Saginaw, where production began in 1925. About 300 wells were drilled here by 1927, when Muskegon's "Discovery Well" drew oil men the country over to that field. The Mt. Pleasant field, opened in 1928, helped to make Michigan one of the leading oil producers of eastern United States. Mt. Pleasant became known as the "Oil Capital of Michigan." Efforts of the industry itself resulted in excellent state laws regulating petroleum output. Well depths range from 1,000 to 6,000 feet. New wells are constantly opened as exploration continues.
 
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 130.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 51.011′ N, 84° 46.575′ W. Marker is
Michigan's Petroleum Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 6, 2019
2. Michigan's Petroleum Industry Marker
near Clare, Michigan, in Clare County. Marker is on U.S. 10/127 0.7 miles north of South Clare Avenue (Business U.S. 127), in the median. Marker is in the Clare Welcome Center (rest stop). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clare MI 48617, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clare Congregational Church (approx. 2.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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