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Lackawanna in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Father Baker's Gas Well

 
 
Father Baker's Gas Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 10, 2016
1. Father Baker's Gas Well Marker
Inscription.
Father Baker's Gas Well
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At this site on August 22, 1891 natural gas was found at a depth of 1137 feet. This well and its twin continued to produce sufficient gas for many of the energy needs of Our Lady of Victory Institutions, Basilica, Hospital and Schools. Father Baker's faith caused him to thank Our Lady of Victory for her intercession with God for the gift of the gas from these wells.
 
Erected 1976 by Lackawanna Bicentennial Committee.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Spirit of 76, America's Bicentennial Celebration marker series.
 
Location. 42° 49.563′ N, 78° 49.318′ W. Marker is in Lackawanna, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Ridge Road and South Park Avenue (U.S. 62), on the left when traveling east on Ridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 780 Ridge Road, Buffalo NY 14218, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Our Lady of Victory Basilica (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (approx. mile away); Industrial Icons
Marker & Our Lady of Victory Homes Building image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 10, 2016
2. Marker & Our Lady of Victory Homes Building
(approx. 1.4 miles away); Ecological Restoration (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ship Canal Commons (approx. 1 miles away); Hanna Furnace (approx. 1.6 miles away); Environmental Remediation (approx. 1.7 miles away); Wind Power on the Waterfront (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lackawanna.
 
More about this marker. Dedicated July 23, 1976 by the Rev. Msgr. Joseph N. McPherson.
 
Regarding Father Baker's Gas Well. Some consider the finding of the gas to have been a miracle. Father Baker has been declared venerable by the church - a step towards possible sainthood.
 
Also see . . .  Nelson Baker - Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 15, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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