Findlay in Hancock County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is January 20, 1886.
Location. 41° 2.601′ N, 83° 39.304′ W. Marker is in Findlay, Ohio, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of Apple Alley on Apple Alley. This marker sits at the north end of Liberty Street in Findlay where it turns left at the Blanchard River onto Apple Alley. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Findlay OH 45839, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Fort Findlay (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial Flagpole (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Ohio Oil Co - Marathon Oil Co / Gas Boom Era (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Michael Parish (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hancock County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.4 miles away); Outstanding Renovated Building, 1980 - 1986War Savings Quota (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Findlay.
More about this marker. A beautiful marker showing the scene of the well while the gas was flowing and being burned off.
Regarding The Great Karg Gas Well January 20 1886. "Once upon a time here sat the largest gas well in world. The Great Karg Well was drilled in 1886, and overnight Findlay became an industrial boomtown. This single well produced 12,000,000 cubic feet (340,000 cubic meters) of gas per day, and when lit it burned with a flame 100ft high and was visible more than 30 miles away. At that time gas was simply a by-product of oil drilling, and with no way to store it they ended up piping it away for free to heat homes and drive industrial machinery. The primary benefactor was the glass industry, in which gas was the major expense, and glass companies relocated here from around the world. Eventually, though, the gas ran out, and within a decade the feverish pitch had ground to a trickle."
At some point the well was temporarily shut off and the standpipe was changed from being vertical to being horizontal, out over the river! The intense heat from the flame melted the ice, and continually boiled that section of river, sending
— Submitted December 1, 2014, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio.
Additional keywords. Gas well
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