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Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA

Initial settlement of Oil City was sporadic, and tied to the iron industry. After the first oil wells were drilled in 1861, it became central to the petroleum industry while hosting headquarters for the Pennzoil, Quaker State, and Wolf's Head motor oil companies.

Oil was struck on the Downing farm south of the river by Phillips & Vanusdall in April 1861. Oil City had fewer than six families living there in 1859. The discovery of oil changed that. By 1868, a number of boomtowns had emerged in the region, including Oil City, Petroleum Center, Pithole, Rynd Farm, and Titusville.

In 1862, residents in the area obtained a charter from the state, uniting the area north of the river as a borough named Oil City.

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  • News 1889 - A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION. A NITRO-GLYCERINE MAGAZINE BLOWN UP - SEVERAL DEATHS.
    Oil City, Pa., Nov. 30. - An explosion of nitro-glycerine occurred in a suburb at two o'clock this afternoon in which two brothers, sons of a widow...Read MORE...


  • News 1892 - June 4 - Oil City & Titusville Penn, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die

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    June 4, 1892

  • 1895 - Oil City
    Oil City, a city of Venango co., Pa., is situated on the Alleghany River, at the mouth of Oil Creek, 8 miles E.N.E. of Franklin, 28 miles E.S.E. of...Read MORE...


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    West First Street
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    No. 1 Hose House, City Hall, Post Office, Oil City, Pa.
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    Union Depot and Sycamore Street, Oil City, Pa.
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  • 1906
    Oil City, a city of Venango co., Pa., is situated on the Alleghany River, at the mouth of Oil Creek, 132 miles N. by E. of Pittsburg, on the...Read MORE...


  • News 1926 - Ice Smashes Allegheny River Bridge Flood Advances on Oil City as Packs Shift.
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    Oil City, Pa., March 21.-Flood waters are rapidly rising here. A flood stage of twenty-five feet and six inches of was reached by the...Read MORE...




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  • News  1889 - A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION. A NITRO-GLYCERINE MAGAZINE BLOWN UP - SEVERAL DEATHS.
    Oil City, Pa., Nov. 30. - An explosion of nitro-glycerine occurred in a suburb at two o'clock this afternoon in which two brothers, sons of a widow... Read MORE...

  • News  1892 - June 4 - Oil City & Titusville Penn, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die

    historyorb.com
    June 4, 1892
  • 1895 - Oil City
    Oil City, a city of Venango co., Pa., is situated on the Alleghany River, at the mouth of Oil Creek, 8 miles E.N.E. of Franklin, 28 miles E.S.E. of... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Oil City, a city of Venango co., Pa., is situated on the Alleghany River, at the mouth of Oil Creek, 132 miles N. by E. of Pittsburg, on the... Read MORE...

  • News  1926 - Ice Smashes Allegheny River Bridge Flood Advances on Oil City as Packs Shift.
    Bulletin.
    Oil City, Pa., March 21.-Flood waters are rapidly rising here. A flood stage of twenty-five feet and six inches of was reached by the... Read MORE...

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