By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies as provided in our policy.

Drake Well Museum - Titusville, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Szuchie
N 41° 36.676 W 079° 39.428
17T E 611888 N 4607487
Quick Description: The Drake Well Museum is dedicated to the birth of the oil industry as this was where the first oil was drilled in 1859 by "Colonel" Edwin Drake!
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 3/25/2008 4:48:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM3EXW
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
Views: 19

Long Description:
The Drake Well Museum is a museum that interprets the birth of the oil industry in 1859 by "Colonel" Edwin Drake along the banks of Oil Creek in Venango County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The museum collects and preserves related artifacts. Its Drake Oil Well demonstrates the first practical use of salt drilling techniques for the extraction of petroleum through an oil well.

Oil was known to exist in the Oil Creek Valley of northwestern Pennsylvania, but there was no practical way to extract it. Its main use at that time was as medicine for both animals and humans. In the late 1850s Seneca Oil Company (formerly the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company) sent its manager, Colonel Edwin L. Drake, to start drilling on a piece of leased land just south of Titusville, a slow-growing and peaceful community. Lumber was the principal industry at the time, with at least 17 sawmills in the area. Drake hired a salt well driller, William A. Smith, in the summer of 1859. After many difficulties, they finally drilled a commercially successful well on August 27. Considered the birth of the oil industry, it was an event that changed the world.

Source: Wikipedia
Price of Admission: 4.00 (listed in local currency)

Weekday Hours: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Weekend Hours: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Roadside Attractions Website: [Web Link]

Location Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
When posting a new log for a waymark, please include a picture if there isn't one included on the original posting. Add your thoughts about the roadside attraction and let everyone know if it is worth while stopping to see.
Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Trails.com Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Roadside Attractions
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Nearest Hotels
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
Date Logged Log User Rating  
Kaslow visited Drake Well Museum - Titusville, PA 3/4/2012 Kaslow visited it
lknox visited Drake Well Museum - Titusville, PA 10/15/2011 lknox visited it
Tprints visited Drake Well Museum - Titusville, PA 8/24/2011 Tprints visited it
Facedances visited Drake Well Museum - Titusville, PA 7/3/2011 Facedances visited it
bpratt visited Drake Well Museum - Titusville, PA 5/26/2011 bpratt visited it
geenef visited Drake Well Museum - Titusville, PA 3/13/2011 geenef visited it
thanatos01 wrote comment for Drake Well Museum - Titusville, PA 10/4/2009 thanatos01 wrote comment for it
thanatos01 visited Drake Well Museum - Titusville, PA 5/16/2009 thanatos01 visited it
uccacher visited Drake Well Museum - Titusville, PA 6/11/2008 uccacher visited it

View all visits/logs