Grand Lake Saint Marys
Worlds first offshore oil well drilling occurred here 1891 - Piles were driven to support a platform for derrick and drilling rig - Oil well derricks were as numerous in the lake as the surrounding land area. Erected by the Auglaize County Historical Society 1978
Erected 1978 by Auglaize County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 40° 32.368′ N, 84° 25.037′ W. Marker is in St. Marys, Ohio, in Auglaize County. Marker can be reached from State Route 364 near Parkway Drive. Located in East Bank park on Grand Lake, off 364. Near the shelter house area, in between two park roads. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort St. Marys / Fort Barbee / Girty Town (approx. 1.4 miles away); Saint Marys River (approx. 1.6 miles away); Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 1.6 miles away); The "Short Level" of the Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort St. Marys (approx. 1.7 miles away); Broadwell Mill (approx. 4 miles away); Celina (approx. 6 miles away); New Knoxville: The Ladbergen Kinship (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Marys.
1. Lake lowering mentioned on the marker.
While the marker certainly appears to say the lake was lowered 54 feet, I believe it was meant to say 5.4 feet. There is no way to lower a lake that is about 10 foot deep, 54 feet...........
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.