Oil Creek - Fremont County, CO
N 38° 30.794 W 105° 12.745
13S E 481481 N 4262783
Quick Description: Located North of Canon City on Red Canyon Rd.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 9/4/2007 9:55:02 AM
Waymark Code: WM24VA
Site of the first oil wells in the West; second place in the United States to produce petroleum from the wells.
In 1862, just across the stream from this point, A.M. Cassidy drilled an oil well fifty feet deep, by February, 1863, production was on barrel a day. Later several thousand gallons of petroleum were produced by primitive methods, and kerosene and lubricating oils were shipped as far as Denver & Santa Fe.
Cassidy's sucess led to the finding of Colorados first oil field, about seven miles South of here.This field, known as the Florence Pool, was discovered in 1876, by Isaac Canfield. It was subsequently was operated for about senty years by Continental Oil Company and is predecessors. The field still produces a small amount of petroleum.
Group or Groups Responsible for Placement:
Colorado Historical Society
Continental Oil Company
Canon City Geology Club
Citizens of Canon City
The Canon City Daily Record
The Local History Center
County or City: Fremont County
Date Dedicated: Re-erected 1996
Check here for Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed
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