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Cloverport in Breckinridge County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Coal Oil

 
 
First Coal Oil Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
1. First Coal Oil Marker
Inscription. Coal oil first produced here 1851. Plant built 1857, reputed first of kind in world. Mine known for extensive veins of cannel coal. Coal loaded here, exported to England via New Orleans for gas manufacture. English-owned with Prince of Wales (King Edward VII) an investor. Disastrous fire, the discovery of petroleum, and Civil War caused cessation of operation.
 
Erected 1962 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 557.)
 
Location. 37° 50.225′ N, 86° 38.055′ W. Marker is in Cloverport, Kentucky, in Breckinridge County. Marker is on West Main Street (Kentucky Route 2200) east of Center Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in a pull-out north of Cloverport Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 West Main Street, Cloverport KY 40111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln Family Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Hawesville Railroad Station (approx. 7.6 miles away); County Named - 1829 (approx. 7.7 miles away); Courthouse Burned
First Coal Oil Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
2. First Coal Oil Marker (tall view)
(approx. 10.2 miles away); County Named, 1799 (approx. 10.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.8 miles away in Indiana); Tell City Hall (approx. 10.8 miles away in Indiana); A Bit of Swiss (approx. 10.8 miles away in Indiana).
 
Also see . . .
1. Oil and Gas History of Kentucky.
1855 Kentucky: Crude oil as a medicine, had begun to lose its popularity; purchasers were finding that many of its supposed curative properties were purely imaginary. Toward the end of the decade, the bottling of oil at Burkesville ceased altogether.
1856 Kentucky: An oil distilling plant established in Breckinridge County, western Kentucky, to use the local cannel coals in the production of kerosene and paraffin. In his second survey of Kentucky, D. D. Owen describes the tar sands of Edmonson County. "At several localities in this neighborhood coal naptha, or petroleum, oozes from near the place of one of the coals (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Cannel Coal Industry of Kentucky. The mining of cannel coal was a small, but prestigious, component of coal production of Kentucky in the 1800ís and early 1900ís. Cannel coal
First Coal Oil Marker (<i>wide view; looking southwest along Ohio River</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
3. First Coal Oil Marker (wide view; looking southwest along Ohio River)
sold for about $2.50/ton (at the mine) at a time when bituminous coal sold for less than $1.00/ton. The development of the Breckenridge deposit dates to at least 1837 when it was sold for the use of Ohio River steamers at a price equivalent to $2.50/ton. In the 1850’s, the Breckenridge deposit was developed first as an exportable commodity and, later, as a source of liquid fuel. In the early 1850’s, the cannel was sold for up to $15/ton in New York and London for use as a gas enricher. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Breckinridge County Kentucky History. Adjacent to Cloverport there are fine beds of cannel coal. Prior to the discovery of petroleum in Pennsylvania and other regions, it was manufactured from this coal. A factory was built at Cloverport before the civil war, and for several years produced large quantities of oil, but since the era of petroleum this process became slow and expensive, and the distillation of oil from cannel coal was discontinued. The coal is being mined, however, by an English company, and to facilitate transportation a railroad has been constructed from the mines to the river at Cloverport. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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First Coal Oil Marker (<i>wide view; looking northeast across Ohio River; Main Street on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
4. First Coal Oil Marker (wide view; looking northeast across Ohio River; Main Street on right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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