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Seneca Oil Spring - Cuba, New York
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Szuchie
N 42° 13.066 W 078° 18.665
17T E 721936 N 4677455
Quick Description: The first petroleum discovered in America!
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 3:34:19 PM
Waymark Code: WM3361
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MrsMcFly
Views: 20

Long Description:
This marker is located at the intersection of Cuba Lake Road and Route 446 near Cuba, New York. It states:



Seneca Oil Spring

1627 First Petroleum Discovered in America
1 Mi. North 1000 Yds East

State Education Department 1932



The first discovery of oil in America occured here near Cuba, New York. The oil spring is located near the spillway end of Cuba Lake on the Oil Springs Reservation, Allegany County, New York.
This is the site of the famed spring described by the Franciscan Missionary Joseph De La Roche D'Allion in 1627, the first recorded mention of oil on the North American Continent.



In 1927, the New York State Oil Producers Association sponsored the dedication of a monument at the site describing the history of the oil industry in North America. The site is now under the supervision of the County of Allegany and a picnic area is available for those visiting there.



A little under a quarter-mile from this marker visitors will find a park that contains the first petroleum spring. Coordinates for the park entrance are:



42 13.903

78 18.692



The oil spring is located at the back of the park at:



42 13.897

78 18.397

Marker Name: Seneca Oil Spring

Marker Type: Roadside

Agency: State Education Department

Dedication Date: -9223372036854775808

City/Town/Village Name: Cuba, New York

County: Allegany

Region: Chautauqua-Allegheny (Region 1)

Website: Not listed

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