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Oil and Gas Museum

119 3rd St, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101 USA

“discover the history of Ohio's & West Virginia's oil industry”

Covering the history of the oil and gas industry in West Virginia and Ohio Hello, Col. Drake? Are you sitting down for this? As early as the 1820s, oil drilled from West Virginia wells was used as a light source and an industrial lubricant marking the first documented commercial use of oil in this country, says the author of a new history book on West Virginia's early oil and gas business. David McKain, a Parkersburg, W.Va., businessman whose great-grandfathers participated in the oil boom of the 1860s, has authored a book that challenges Col. Edwin L. Drake and his neighboring Pennsylvanian long-time claim as the birthplace of the oil business. "This is an old oil producing area," McKain said. "West Virginia was at the very forefront of the oil business - but we had the Civil War to contend with in the first five years."

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Reviewed by
oniedu

  • 2 Reviews
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January 02, 2014

We were there this summer and the place is awesome! A lot of great historic information. Worthwhile in taking the trip. Lots to see in the area!

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kevinmgunn

  • 5 Reviews
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March 16, 2017
Rated 5.0

Go out of your way to see this place, it''s worth it! It's much more than Oil & Gas--it's a history of industry and business in this part of WV, and a rich history it is (pun intended)!

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Oil and Gas Museum

119 3rd St
Parkersburg, West Virginia
26101 USA

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