Top hat connects Drake Well to its historic founder

Top hat connects Drake Well to its historic founder

This black top hat made its most famous appearance in a photo taken in 1866 of Col. Edwin L. Drake and Peter Wilson standing in front of the engine house and derrick of the Drake Well. In the iconic image, Drake sports the 1860s hat, an artifact currently on exhibit at the Drake Well Museum …

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Drake Well printing plates: Here’s what early oil producers used for money

Drake Well printing plates: Here’s what early oil producers used for money

Charles Vernon Culver came to the burgeoning Pennsylvania oil fields in 1861 and started the Venango Bank in Franklin, Venango County. At the time, oil producers were in desperate need for banking services, locally, and in eastern cities. In December 1863, Culver and other investors started a bank in Philadelphia and another in New York …

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Drake Well rig models highlight 1860s oil drilling technology

Drake Well rig models highlight 1860s oil drilling technology

In 1860, Josiah Winger (1845-1916) began drilling oil wells along the Allegheny River, living long enough to become known as the “oldest living driller”. In 1913, he made and donated four drilling rig models to the Drake Memorial Museum in Titusville, Pa.. Many of the artifacts from that museum are now housed at the Drake …

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