Whitley City in McCreary County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
First Kentucky Oil Well / Martin Beaty (Beatty)
First Kentucky Oil Well
In 1818, Marcus Huling and Andrew Zimmerman were drilling salt wells along South Fort of Cumberland River. On land leased from Martin Beaty they struck oil. Attempts to market it downriver were not successful, so oil was barreled and carted away for medicinal use. This was the first commercial oil well; its production reached one hundred barrels daily.
Martin Beaty (Beatty)
First came to this area in 1817 and bought land on the South Fork. Besides operating salt works, Beaty served as state senator, 1824-28, 1832; representative, 1848; and was elected to Congress in 1833. He was twice a Presidential elector; served locally on first Board of Common School Commissioners. Died in 1856. Beattyville, Lee County, was named for his family.
Erected 1979 by Kentucky Historical Society/Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 702.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 43.539′ N, 84° 28.189′ W. Marker is in Whitley City, Kentucky, in McCreary County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Kentucky Route 1651) and Gary Street, on the Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the McCreary County courthouse, in the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Whitley City KY 42653, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McCreary County, 1912 (within shouting distance of this marker); Princess Cornblossom (approx. 1.9 miles away); Edward "Eddie" Ward (approx. 4.7 miles away); Tennessee / Kentucky (approx. 9.2 miles away in Tennessee); 4-H Craft Center (approx. 10 miles away); Cumberland Falls MoonBow (approx. 10½ miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 10.7 miles away); CCC at Cumberland Falls (approx. 10.7 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Find A Grave - Martin Beaty. (Submitted on May 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
2. Martin Beaty - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Submitted on May 16, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Politics • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.