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Copley in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Copley No. 1 Well

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, May 30, 2021
1. Copley No. 1 Well Marker
Inscription.  West Virginia’s largest producing oil well was tapped on the Copley farm by the South Penn Oil Company in September 1900. Workers could not contain the initial flow of 4,800 barrels a day, and a large volume of oil spilled into Sand Fork. Dams were constructed along that branch of the Little Kanawha, but some of the flow reached the river's mouth at Parkersburg.
 
Erected 2014 by Copley/Bealls Mill Community Fund, and West Virginia Archives & History.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1900.
 
Location. 38° 58.158′ N, 80° 38.891′ W. Marker is in Copley, West Virginia, in Lewis County. Marker is at the intersection of Copley Road (County Route 17) and Cove Lick Road (County Route 18), on the right when traveling west on Copley Road. It is 9 miles west of U.S. 19. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9008 Cove Lick Rd, Weston WV 26452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Braxton County/Gilmore County (approx. 7.1 miles away); Raid on Troy
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By J. J. Prats, May 30, 2021
2. Copley No. 1 Well and Marker
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(approx. 7.2 miles away); Town of Burnsville (approx. 7.6 miles away); Burnsville Bridge (approx. 7.9 miles away); Duck Run Cable Suspension Bridge (approx. 8 miles away); Stagecoach Stop (approx. 8˝ miles away); Pierson’s Rangers (approx. 8.8 miles away); Samuel Lewis Hays (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. It is across the road from the Little Kanawha River at the confluence of Sand Fork.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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