posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 06:48 AM
reply to post by AshleyD
I think you have an interesting point Ash, but people forget that oil was already discovered in the US.
Oil was in use, but very expensive because it was hard to get, so it hadn't revolutionized things yet.
There is much debate over who first produced it, the Chinese discovered it frist(of course) 2500 years ago.but credit for the first oil rig goes to
Pennyslvania, though some historians contest it and say it is West Virginia, or even China for using a bamboo stick. Though I don't think a bamboo
stick was that productive.
Don't know whether to love or hate the guy. But I guess it was bound to be produced anyways. But if people were not addicted yet, I wonder what would
The most important oil well ever drilled was in the middle of quiet farm country in northwestern Pennsylvania in 1859. For this was one of the
first successful oil wells that was drilled for the sole purpose of finding oil. Known as the Drake Well, after "Colonel" Edwin Drake, the man
responsible for the well, it began an international search for petroleum, and in many ways eventually changed the way we live.
As usual, the guy died broke.
He never patented it. If he has any successors, I wonder if they curse his name every day?
Drake did not possess the good business acumen that his "followers" did. He failed to patent his drilling invention, so he never collected
royalties from future wells using it. Then he lost all of his savings in oil speculation in 1863. In 1872, the State of Pennsylvania granted him an
annuity of $1,500. Edwin Drake died in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on November 8, 1880.
And the oil didn't last long.
Nestled quietly in the rolling hills of Venango County in Northwest Pennsylvania is Pithole, a ghost town located just of Rt. 227 between the
small towns of Pleasantville and Plumer. During the oil boom of the late 1860's Pithole City was a rather large boom town. As a matter of fact
America’s largest boom town. Oil was first discovered at Pithole in January of 1865, just six years after Colonel Edwin Drake discovered oil near
Titusville, which is about 15 miles northwest. By September of the same year, Pithole had grown from a lowly farming area to a boom town of 15,000
people. This entire area is considered the birthplace of the oil industry. Oil wells popped up on every piece of land for miles, while some did not
produce much oil, many did. As a matter of fact, there were several small towns that sprang from this oil boom, although most of them are still here.
By January of 1866, Pithole was vanishing. Fires, and over drilling for oil caused money to run out and oil to dry up. People started moving on to
bigger and better things.
this article is an interesting read.
The city where the oil was discovered is now a ghost town.
I think most of the US is like that. Periodic pockets but nothing substantial.
[edit on 9-7-2009 by nixie_nox]