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Kier Refinery

 
 
Kier Refinery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 14, 2011
1. Kier Refinery Marker
Inscription. Using a five-barrel still, Samuel M. Kier erected on this site about 1854 the first commercial refinery to produce illuminating oil from petroleum. He used crude oil from salt wells at Tarentum.
 
Erected 1959 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 26.475′ N, 79° 59.62′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bigelow Boulevard and 7th Avenue. Touch for map. Crosstown Park near Chatham / Bigelow Square, between Bigelow Boulevard & 7th Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Refining Crude Oil (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gulf Building (about 600 feet away); Epiphany Roman Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Founding Convention of the AFL (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Empty Pocket Pays (approx. 0.2 miles away); Le Magnifique (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Bell Speaks" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pennsylvania Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
Also see . . .
1. Samuel Kier (1813-1874) – Giving Oil Commercial Value
Kier Refinery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 14, 2011
2. Kier Refinery Marker
. (Submitted on June 14, 2011.)
2. Kier Refinery - Behind the Marker. (Submitted on June 20, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Kier Refinery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 14, 2011
3. Kier Refinery Marker
Samuel Martin Kier image. Click for full size.
By American Manufacturer and Iron World, circa 1901
4. Samuel Martin Kier
(July 19, 1813 – October 6, 1874) was an American inventor and businessman who is credited with founding the American petroleum refining industry. He was the first person in the United States to refine crude oil into lamp oil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 483 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 14, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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