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Gantz Oil Well

 
 
Gantz Oil Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 27, 2006
1. Gantz Oil Well Marker
Inscription. Site of first oil well in Washington County. Oil was struck in Dec., 1884. First oil was shipped in 1885; last oil was pumped about 1916. This well led to the development of the Washington oil field.
 
Erected 1953 by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 10.267′ N, 80° 15.328′ W. Marker is in Washington, Pennsylvania, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of West Chestnut Street (U.S. 40) and Brookside Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 W Chestnut Street, Washington PA 15301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Philo McGiffin (approx. half a mile away); Washington County (approx. half a mile away); The Whiskey Rebellion (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Declaration & Address" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Edward Acheson (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
Also see . . .
1. 1904 Photo of Gantz well at Washington. This was the first well to produce oil from the Gantz sand. (Submitted on January 17, 2007.) 

2. Gantz Sand Marker in Preston County, West Virgina. (Submitted on January 17, 2007.)
3. Gantz Oil Well - Behind the Marker
Gantz Oil Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 27, 2006
2. Gantz Oil Well Marker
. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 13, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
Gantz Oil Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, January 4, 2014
3. Gantz Oil Well Marker
Missing/broken off
Marker with street in background image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, September 23, 2007
4. Marker with street in background
Gantz Oil Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, January 4, 2014
5. Gantz Oil Well Marker
Missing/broken
Fiberglass milestone, across the street from the marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck
6. Fiberglass milestone, across the street from the marker
Cast iron milestones used to line the National Road from Cumberland, Maryland to Wheeling, West Virginia. Time has taken its toll and many of these markers, made in the 1830s, have been replaced by ones made out of fiberglass.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,552 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on January 4, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on February 15, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   5. submitted on January 4, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on February 29, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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