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Siverly- one of Oil city’s most unique neighborhoods and the last to give up its independence, as a borough, when it finally merged with the city in 1910.
Since the early days of the petroleum industry in the 1860’s through present times, a nearly countless list of distinct petroleum derived products have been discovered or created by man.
Petroleum crude is infinitely complex and varied. The character of crude oil depends on where it is found. Crude oil found in Pennsylvania and nearby West Virginia and Southeastern Ohio is a paraffinic crude oil, or commonly termed wax-based.
As with most people, Drake is a more complex individual than would appear at first glance. About part of his life we know a great deal, while other parts of it are more obscure, but it was an interesting life, and his actions changed our modern world forever.
Lyman Stewart grew up in the Oil Creek valley and was familiar with the fabled oil springs which dotted the region.
As oil fever spread across the United States and into other countries it wasn’t unusual for workers from here to be recruited for jobs in faraway places. One of the recruits was Almon Elias Culbertson of Franklin, known as “Chubb.”
It was the wandering, prospecting nature of both James Guffey and John Galey that compelled them to always be on the move, searching and probing possibilities in the early oil and gas fields of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. They then traveled west to the Mid Continent Field in Kansas and Oklahoma and the early Gulf Coast and Corsicana Fields in Texas. Based in Pittsburgh, the partnership took the lead in nearly every region of the country but California. The spectacular Spindletop success near Beaumont, Texas in the second week of January 1901 is a piece of oil history well known by North Americans with only a casual knowledge of oil history. The first well drilled with cable tools at Spindletop was a failure. A second attempt with a rotary drill was successful. This second attempt was made possible by the financial backing of Guffey and Galey.
Samuel Kier was the first to give crude petroleum a sustained market value when in 1848 he packaged pure crude oil from Tarentum area salt wells in half-pint bottles for sale as a medicine. A half-pint bottle of Kier's Petroleum, or Kier's Rock Oil, sold for 50 cents.
A compilation of short humorous stories about real life in the oil patch.
Oil “fueled” the development of aviation. This fact was noted by Daniel Yergin in The Prize (1991). “When the Wright Brothers airplane first flew into the air at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903, its engine burned gasoline and lubricants that had been brought to the beach in wooden barrels and blue tin cans by salesman from Standard Oil.”