“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Harman in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Big Lime and Big Injun

Big Lime and Big Injun Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
1. Big Lime and Big Injun Marker
Inscription. The Greenbrier Limestone in the quarry represents the “Big Lime and Big Injun Sand” of the driller. Fish-egg like (oölitic) zones in the “Big Lime” and the basal sandy formation, the “Big Injun,” produce oil and natural gas in West Virginia.
Erected 1963 by the West Virginia Historic Commission and sponsored by the W. Va. Centennial Committee of the Oil and Natural Gas industry.
Location. 38° 55.683′ N, 79° 31.437′ W. Marker is near Harman, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is on West Virginia Route 32 north of U.S. 33, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. It is at the intersection of Main Street extended (County Road 32/5) and Route 32. Marker is in this post office area: Harman WV 26270, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tory Camps / Seneca Trail (approx. 2˝ miles away); Pendleton County / Randolph County (approx. 3.9 miles away); John Wolford (approx. 5 miles away); Seneca Rocks (approx. 10.3 miles away); A Melting Pot House (approx. 10.3 miles away); Sites Homestead
Big Lime and Big Injun Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
2. Big Lime and Big Injun Marker
(approx. 10.3 miles away); More Than One Way Up (approx. 10.4 miles away); 10th Mountain Division (approx. 10.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harman.
Also see . . .
1. Oil and Gas Museum, Parkersburg, WV. “Both oil and natural gas were discovered in western Virginia by the first explorers in the mid-1700s. George Washington acquired 250 acres in what is now West Virginia because it contained an oil and gas spring. This was in 1771, making the father of our country the first petroleum industry speculator.” (Submitted on July 20, 2008.) 

2. History of Natural Gas in West Virginia. “A thriving commercial oil industry was in process as early as 1819 with the first major wells drilled at Petroleum, outside Parkersburg, early in 1859; and Burning Springs a year later in 1860. Natural gas was moved in wooden pipes from wells to be used as a manufacturing heat source by the Kanawha salt manufacturers as early as 1831. These events truly mark the beginnings of the oil and gas industry in the United States.” (Submitted on July 20, 2008.) 
Categories. Natural Resources
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,595 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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