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Drake Well Museum in Titusville is on the site where Edwin L. Drake drilled the world's first oil well in 1859 and launched the modern petroleum industry.

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  • 1854 - Titusville
    Titusville, a thriving post-borough of Crawford county, Pennsylvania, on Oil creek, 28 miles E. from Meadville. It is well supplied with water-power, and has an active trade. Population in 1850, 243.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1859 - August 27 - 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Penn by Edwin Drake
    Erie, Penn., Thursday, Aug. 24.
    A collision between a passenger and freight train occurred on the Oil Creek Railroad this morning. Nine persons were killed and from ten to fifteen wounded.

    Second Dispatch.
    Erie, Penn., Thursday, Aug. 24.
    The accident on Oil Creek, near Titusville, was caused by the engineer of the freight train running up on the main track to get on the switch, about the time the mail train was due. The latter, coming round a curve, could not see the engine until within a few yards of it. The two trains came together with such terrific force as to throw passengers from their seats and stave on every car in the train. It is astonishing that so few were injured.

    The following is a list of the killed and injured, as near as can be ascertained:
    GIDEON LIGHTALL, of Belport, killed.
    WM. BALDWIN, JR., East Cleveland, killed.
    EDGAR J. CLOUGH, of Fredonia, killed instantly.
    STECIO GREENE, Hydetown, both legs broken.
    One man, name unknown, killed.
    ELVN PRATTER,...

  • News  1889 - Terrific Storm.
    TITUSVILLE, Pa., July 3. - A terrific thunder storm passed over this city last evening, followed by two cloud bursts that caused a serious overflow of Church run which winds through the city from an insignificant stream. The run turned into a furious torrent in a few minutes, coursing through the streets, filling cellars, rising in some cases to the first stories of the houses. Fully three miles of streets are flooded with over two feet of winter on the sidewalks.

    The families along the line of the flood became frantic and a number of rafts were built on which women and children were taken to places of safety. The force of the water ripped up hundreds of feet of sewers, and roads in the surrounding country were badly washed out.

    At East Titusville a number of residences were badly damaged. Several narrow escapes from drowning occurred in this city.

    The water poured down the side of the hills in the northwest part of the city where the cloud burst occurred, in a perfect... Read MORE...

  • News  1892 - June 4 - Oil City & Titusville Penn, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die
    June 4, 1892
  • 1895 - Titusville
    Titusville, a city of Crawford co., Pa., is situated on Oil Creek, and on the Oil Creek & Alleghany River Rail road, at the terminus of the Dunkirk & Alleghany Valley and Union & Titusville Railroads, 90 miles S. of Dunkirk, 18 miles N. of Oil City, 27 miles S. of Corry, and about 25 miles E. of Meadville. It was in 1870 the most populous town in the county. It contains 9 churches, a national bank, 2 or 3 other banks, an opera-house, a high school, a good hotel, and printing-offices which issue 2 daily and several weekly newspapers. It has several oil-wells, oil refineries, steam saw-mills, large iron-works which produce engines, boilers, tubes, &c., and manufactures of barrels, wagons, and tools for oil-wells. Titusville is lighted with gas, and supplied with pure water by the Holly system. It is one of the principal towns of the oil regions. Pop. in 1880, 9046; in 1890, 8073.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • 1906
    Titusville, a city of Crawford co., Pa., is situated on Oil Creek and on the Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley and Pitts burg and the Pennsylvania Rs., 18 miles N. of Oil City. It has extensive oil-interests and manufactures of radiators, engines and boilers, iron- and steel-forgings, iron-tanks, silk, etc. Titusville has been a centre of the oil-industry since 1859. Pop. in 1900, 8244.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

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photo of Bertha Maybelle CULVERBertha Maybelle CULVER (21 June 1890, Titusville, Pennsylvania, USA - 4 January 1973, North Bloomfield Trumbull County Ohio, USA)
male ancestorGlen Harrison, Jr. BARNES (02/13/1921, Mayburg, Pennsylvania, USA - 03/25/1998, Titusville, Pennsylvania, USA)
female ancestorKrista Lyn JACKSON (28 December 1965, Nurnberg, Germany - 2 December 1998, Titusville, Pennsylvania, USA)
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