Castleton in Rutland County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Edwin L. Drake
— Founder of the Oil Industry —
Drilling the first modern oil well in the United States on August 27, 1859 at Titusville, Penna., Drake struck oil at 69 feet and launched one of the world’s great industries. On a farm on Drake Road, near this spot, he lived as a boy and attended the local schools.
Erected by Vermont Historic Sites Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Environment • Exploration • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 43° 36.521′ N, 73° 12.764′ W. Marker is in Castleton, Vermont, in Rutland County. Marker is at the intersection of Alternate U.S. 4 and Drake Road, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 4Alternate . Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castleton VT 05735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Hope (approx. 1.6 miles away); The "Old Chapel" (approx. 1.7 miles away); "Vermont's First College" (approx. 1.7 miles away); Meeting of Allen and Arnold (approx. 1.8 miles away); First Slate Quarry in Western VermontFort Warren (approx. 2.4 miles away); Conflict at Fort Warren (approx. 2.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castleton.
Also see . . . Wikipedia - Edwin Drake. (Submitted on October 22, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 524 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. 3. submitted on October 18, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.