Findlay and Beyond
By 1911, Ohio Oil sorely needed to find new sources of crude oil beyond established fields in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. The company's pioneers headed westward, first to Wyoming and Montana, and then south to Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
In west Texas, where diamondback rattlesnakes far outnumbered men, the company's future would be forever transformed. The prolific Yates Field was discovered in 1926. In 1929, the I.G. Yates 30-A well provided one of the world's greatest gushers.
With Texas exploration also came
the acquisition of Transcontinental
Oil Company in 1930, which gave
Ohio Oil much more than Yates
Field. The deal included three
refineries, pipeline gathering
systems and bulk storage plants.
Notably, it also included more than
375 "filling stations” under the
"Marathon” brand name, with its
trademark runner, Pheidippides.
Erected by Marathon Petroleum
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 41° 2.13′ 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. Growing Pains (here, next to this marker); Donnell Legacy (here, next to this marker); Early Beginnings (here, next to this marker); Independent Company (here, next to this marker); Names Will Change (here, next to this marker); Versatile Hydrocarbon (here, next to this marker); Refineries Multiply (here, next to this marker); Marketing Petroleum (a few steps from 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 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 15, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.