Beneath the Surface
In contrast to today's technology, where trenching, welding and laying of pipe is mechanized, early pioneers used pick and shovel crews to dig trenches 20 inches deep. They were followed by burly tong gangs who laid and threaded the pipe together, so named for the heavy, long-armed tongs that were used to lower the pipe into place.
The Ohio Oil Company built its first pipeline in 1905. The 191-mile pipeline stretched between Martinsville, IlI., and Preble, Ind. In 1951, the company was a partner in the construction of the Platte Pipeline Company, which linked all the company's Wyoming production to markets. Marathon Pipe Line Company was formed as a subsidiary in 1960.
In 2015, MPLX LP expanded its midstream business, including pipeline and storage assets, when it acquired MarkWest as a wholly owned subsidiary.
A state-of-the-art pipeline operations center in Findlay controls the
Erected by Marathon Petroleum Company.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 41° 2.117′ N, 83° 39′ W. Marker is in Findlay, Ohio, in Hancock County. Marker is on S. Main Street (Ohio Route 37), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Findlay OH 45840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Moving to Markets (a few steps from this marker); Marathon & Speedway (a few steps from this marker); Marketing Petroleum (a few steps from this marker); Refineries Multiply (a few steps from this marker); Versatile Hydrocarbon (a few steps from this marker); Names Will Change (a few steps from this marker); Independent Company (a few steps from this marker); Growing Pains (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Findlay.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.