Drake Oil Well

A National Historic Landmark
National Register Number: 66000695
Nomination Form

Location: TR588, Cherrytree Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.
Just south of Titusville, Crawford County, PA.
Geographic Coordinates: 41.61076N 79.65773W

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 13, 1966):
On August 27, 1859, Edwin L. Drake (1819-1880) struck oil here, the site of the world's first successful oil well. Its establishment resulted in an oil boom that made the region the oil center of the United States for 25 years. (Now the Drake Well Memorial State Park.)

The Drake Well Museum is administered by the
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
The museum web site: link

Visited April 5, 2008

Replica of Drake's Well House
Inside the well house is a reproduction of steam engines used in the 1850s
Canadohta D.A.R. monument commemorating the event. Plaque Inscription:
"This native boulder marks the plot
where through the foresight, energy
and persistence of
EDWIN L DRAKE
THE FIRST WELL WAS DRILLED FOR OIL.
On August 27, 1859 oil was found
at a depth of sixty-nine feet.
This great discovery inaugurated the
petroleum industry."
A sample of the exhibited antique oil producing machinery.
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