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First Oil Wells in Canada Marker image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, August 12, 2014
First Oil Wells in Canada Marker
Ontario (Lambton County), Oil Springs — First Oil Wells in CanadaLes Premiers Puits de Pétrole au Canada
Near Kelly Road just from Gum Bed Line, on the left when traveling south.
English The presence of oil in this locality was observed by early travelers and by the pioneer farmers who used it for medical purposes. In 1858, near Oil Springs, James M. Williams dug the first oil well in Canada and later established a . . . — Map (db m78424) HM
Ontario (Lambton County), Petrolia — Robert M. Nicol Library
On Petrolia Line at Greenfield Street, on the right when traveling west on Petrolia Line.
The original Grand Trunk Railway Station was built in 1903. It was later bought by CN and the station closed in 1927. The Town of Petrolia opened its first official library here in 1937. A commitment to maintain this designated heritage . . . — Map (db m78422) HM
Ontario (Lambton County), Petrolia — The Founding of Petrolia
On Greenfield Street just from Petrolia Line, on the right when traveling south.
Following the discovery of oil at Oil Springs in 1857 prospectors extended their search to the entire township of Enniskillen. At the site of Petrolia, which contained two small settlements with post offices named Durance and Ennis, a well was . . . — Map (db m78417) HM
Ontario (Lambton County), Petrolia — Victoria Hall
On Greenfield Street just from Petrolia Line, on the right when traveling south.
English When Victoria Hall was built in 1889, Petrolia, in the midst of an oil boom, was one of the wealthiest towns in Canada. The opulent town hall reflects this stage in the town’s growth. While its first floor housed municipal offices, . . . — Map (db m78421) HM

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