Drake Oil Well

3 mi. SE of Titusville on PA 36, in Drake Well Memorial Park, Titusville, Pennsylvania

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Description 

On August 27, 1859, Edwin L. Drake (1819-1880) struck oil here, the site of the world's first successful oil well. Its establishment resulted in an oil boom that made the region the oil center of the United States for 25 years. (Now the Drake Well Memorial State Park.) -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 13, 1966

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 13, 1966
Reference number
66000695
Area of significance
Industry
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Extractive facility
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1859
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1