Western Pennsylvania's Oil Heritage

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 127 pages
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The discovery of oil flowing from a well in the wilds of northwestern Pennsylvania shook the modern world in 1859. Refined as kerosene for lamps, a lubricant for home and industrial needs, and ultimately as a fuel for transportation in the form of gasoline, oil literally changed the world and defined global economics and politics. Western Pennsylvaniaas Oil Heritage profiles the history of Pennsylvania oil from its discovery and development to its impact on the culture, economy, and environment of the oil region. These vintage postcards provide a glimpse into the wide-ranging history of western Pennsylvaniaas oil region, from the cradle of the industry at Oil Creek, to the immensely productive Bradford oil field, and on to cities and towns like Oil City, built largely by the black gold.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
The Oil Industry Expands Its Boundaries
25
The Bradford Oil Field
39
Oil Speculation Moves South and East
55
The Oil City Region
75
Lower Allegheny River Oil Towns
95
Blazes Floods Torpedoes and Gushers
119
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About the author (2008)

Charles E. Williams is an ecologist, regional historian, and writer whose work focuses on the landscapes of northern Pennsylvania. He is the author of Along the Allegheny River: The Northern Watershed, Along the Allegheny River: The Southern Watershed, and Along the Bucktail Highway