Photo Album of historical oil pictures

If you would like to submit your's, please email them to petroleum@little-mountain.com along with a description, location and contributor's information. Try to keep files under 200K, but scan your pictures 8 to 10 inches across so they can be easily seen.

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These pictures taken by James Hefner at a park next to Interstate 10 in Jennings, Louisiana. The park is named something like "Oil Well Park" or "Petroleum Park".

New York

Fire at Vacuum Oil Refinery at Olean


Shooting Oil Well near Lima
National Oil Refinery in Findlay
Oil Fields in New Straightsville


Though the pictures on this site were not obtained from the Drake Well Museum, the Drake Well Museum in Titusville has over 6,000 glass plate negatives that document the early oil industry. Their dark room is also set up to print sepia toned prints for those that like the "old" look. For your copy of one of their images, please contact the museum at: drakewell@usachoice.net. Mention you were refered by "PetroleumHistory.com"

Allegheny Valley R. R. roundhouse
Atlantic Refining in Franklin
Benninghoff Run field along Oil Creek in early 1860s
Burning oil tank in Bradford
Derricks in a meadow
Early view of Drake's well
Colonel Edwin L. Drake
Early oil wagons
Early oil tank wagon
Hauling oil barrels
Eclipse Refinery fire 1911 between Franklin and Oil City
Two views of Funkville along Oil Creek in early 1860s
"Coal Oil Johnny" Steele's farm along Oil Creek in early 1860s
Blood Farm along Oil Creek in 1867
Lower Pioneer Run wells along Oil Creek in early 1860s
Miller Station
Early oil excitement near Titusville in 1860s
Oil Centennial postcard and stamps - 1959
View of Oil City
Well being shot with nitroglycerin
Pennsylvania oil scene in 1860s
Pennzoil refinery in Rouseville
Petroleum Bridge in Oil City
Bridge at Petroleum Centre over Oil Creek
Depot at Petroleum Centre
Pioneer along Oil Creek in 1865
Preparing a well to shoot with nitro
Refinery at Reno
Standard Rig at Youngsville
Refinery at Tidioute

West Virginia

Early view of Parkersburg, an oil town at the junction of the Ohio and Little Kanawa Rivers
Mudlick oil field near Shinnston
Shooting a well with nitroglycerin
Shooting a well in Sistersville
For a complete site dedicated to the history of oil in West Virginia and Ohio, including dozens of pictures, go to the Oil & Gas Museum site.

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