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Corry in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Joshua M. Merrill

(1828-1904)

 
 
Joshua M. Merrill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, April 20, 2013
1. Joshua M. Merrill Marker
Inscription.  Lead chemist and manager of Downer Oil Works, built nearby in 1862 following discovery of oil near Titusville. Merrill’s refining breakthroughs included an illuminating oil safer than kerosene for use on railroads and steamships and in factories. He also developed deodorized lubricating oils for machinery, opening new world markets in the late 1860s. Merrill was an award recipient at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.
 
Erected 2008 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 41° 55.266′ N, 79° 38.443′ W. Marker is in Corry, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker is on Center Street (Pennsylvania Route 426) 0.1 miles north of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corry PA 16407, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oil Creek Railroad (within shouting distance of this
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marker); Inez Mecusker (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Climax Locomotives (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corry Civil War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Creation of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lt. Archie W. Thompson (approx. 1.1 miles away); Corry State Fish Hatchery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Columbus (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corry.
 
Joshua M. Merrill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, April 20, 2013
2. Joshua M. Merrill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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