First Oil Well in the US

While getting lost in Pennsylvania, I happened upon the first oil well ever built in the United States. It was dark and cloudy, so I had to get out the equipment for a shot, of course. I’m a slave to this stupid camera, I tell you.

This was drilled in 1859 and was 69 feet deep. It’s called the Drake Oil Well.

The First Oil Well in the US

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  • Louie3

    Looks like you are in or were in our little corner of the world. Thank you for the Oil Well picture and the history lesson.

    Great Work

  • http://yahoo al myren

    This is not the first site drilled in the us,check out the cadwell,ohio oilwell in 1814
    thanks for looking. al

  • http://n/a chuck foley

    Al what a great shot you took…as the other man said you were in a corner of the world somewhere in Pa….maybe they have a “still” built in there …maybe???

  • Lynette Armstrong

    I found this picture when I was researching Uncle Billy Smith. It’s an incredible photo. I’ve shared this web site and photo with many of my family. Uncle Billy Smith is my great, great uncle. Most of my family lives in Nebraska and Kansas so none of us have traveled to see the actual well. Finding this picture has been a treasure to us.

    Thanks for the photo!

  • ANKUR SHAH

    IT WAS NICE YAAR, DONT BLAME A CAMARA AFTER ALL ITS QUITE GOOD.

  • lk ludwig

    Titusville, PA?

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