The Birth Place
Wayne National Forest
The birth of Ohio's petroleum industry began in south- eastern Ohio in 1814 near the village of South Olive, not too far from here. They weren't looking for oil... they were drilling a well for brine (salt water). Pockets of under-ground salt water are common in the area and once the water was boiled off, the salt had many uses. The 1814 well hit not only brine but oil as well - which shot out of the hole to a height of about 30 feet! The oil was soon used in lighting lamps.
Ever use Mexican Mustang?
By 1820 oil was being commercially produced in Washington County and sold for lighting and medicinal purposes. The petroleum product "Seneka Oil” was regarded as an excellent remedy for rheumatism. One of the popular liniments containing petroleum was called Mexican Mustang.
In 1860, when it was discovered that oil made an excellent lubricant, the price of oil skyrocketed to $28 a barrel. By the 1900's wells were being drilled over the entire southeastern area to depths of 2,000 feet.
The Pump The pump you see here is typical of the newer pumps used today.
Left - Drilling for oil ca. 1920. Probably not all of these were workers. Photographers liked to have lots of people in picture so they could sell more copies.
Below, a Washington County
drainage in the 1860s once
oil was discovered.
Erected by Forest Service Department of Agriculture.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 39° 30.583′ N, 81° 15.017′ W. Marker is in Wingett Run, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is on Cullen Road (County Route 34), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wingett Run OH 45789, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hune Covered Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rinard Covered Bridge III (approx. 2.4 miles away); Frontier Boat Launch (approx. 7.7 miles away); Early Settlers (approx. 8 miles away in West Virginia); Bridges to the Past (approx. 8.1 miles away); The Hills Covered Bridge (approx. 8.2 miles away); Captain Gordon C. Greene / Captain Mary Becker Greene (approx. 8.4 miles away); Vaucluse (approx. 8.6 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wingett Run.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 5, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.