Castleton in Rutland County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Edwin L. Drake
—Founder of the Oil Industry —
Drilling the first modern oil well in the United States on August 27, 1859 at Titusville, Penna., Drake struck oil at 69 feet and launched one of the world’s great industries. On a farm on Drake Road, near this spot, he lived as a boy and attended the local schools.
Erected by Vermont Historic Sites Commission.
Location. 43° 36.521′ N, 73° 12.764′ W. Marker is in Castleton, Vermont, in Rutland County. Marker is at the intersection of Alternate U.S. 4 and Drake Road, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 4Alternate . Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castleton VT 05735, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Hope (approx. 1.6 miles away); The "Old Chapel" (approx. 1.7 miles away); "Vermont's First College" (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Slate Quarry in Western Vermont (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fort Warren (approx. 2.4 miles away); Matthew Lyon (approx. 2.8 miles away); Slate Pencil Manufacturing (approx. 4 miles away); William Miller Chapel (approx. 5.1 miles away in New York). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castleton.
Also see . . . Wikipedia - Edwin Drake. (Submitted on October 22, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
Categories. • Environment • Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons •
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