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Westinghouse Gas Wells

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, January 26, 2018
1. Westinghouse Gas Wells Marker
Inscription. In 1884, George Westinghouse drilled a natural gas well here on his estate, Solitude, now Westinghouse Park. When gas was struck, an uncontrolled geyser erupted for a week. Within two years, Westinghouse obtained over 30 patents for the distribution and safe use of natural gas for industrial and residential customers. His ingenuity and business acumen were instrumental in the development of natural gas as a significant new energy source.
 
Erected 2016 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 27.148′ N, 79° 54.253′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is at the intersection of Thomas Boulevard and North Murtland Street, on the right when traveling west on Thomas Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is located in Westinghouse Park in Pittsburgh's Point Breeze neighborhood. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15208, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Linwood Apartments (approx. mile away); Forbes Road, 1758 (approx. half a mile away); William "Billy" Strayhorn (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mary Lou Williams (approx. 0.6 miles
Westinghouse Gas Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, January 26, 2018
2. Westinghouse Gas Wells Marker
away); Frank Conrad (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Homewood Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); National Negro Opera Company (approx. 0.9 miles away); Calvary Episcopal Church (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
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Westinghouse Gas Wells image. Click for full size.
By Pittsburgh and Allegheny Illustrated Review, 1889
3. Westinghouse Gas Wells
Photograph of Westinghouse "Old No.1" natural gas derrick in daytime, sometime between June 1884 and end of 1889, located at the Solitude estate in present-day Westinghouse Park. The Westinghouse carriage house/laboratory and the mansion are seen on the right.
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By Palmer's Pictoral Pittsburgh adn Prominent Pittsburghers Past and Present, 1904
4. Westinghouse Home
Photograph of "Solitude", home of George Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, PA, seen from the south.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 26, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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