This is the well near Titusville, which pumped the petroleum industry into existence. The picture was taken four years after Col. Edwin L. Drake struck oil on Aug. 27, 1859. Seated in the foreground is “Uncle” Billy Smith, Drake’s drilling foreman, who was first to notice the oil.
This is the well near Titusville, which pumped the petroleum industry into existence. The picture was taken four years after Col. Edwin L. Drake struck oil on Aug. 27, 1859. Seated in the foreground is “Uncle” Billy Smith, Drake’s drilling foreman, who was first to notice the oil. AP file photo
This is the well near Titusville, which pumped the petroleum industry into existence. The picture was taken four years after Col. Edwin L. Drake struck oil on Aug. 27, 1859. Seated in the foreground is “Uncle” Billy Smith, Drake’s drilling foreman, who was first to notice the oil. AP file photo

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Road Trip Guide: Drake Well

May 26, 2014 12:00 AM

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