Old American Oil Well

KY 61, N of Burkesville, KY

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Description 

"Site of early American gusher that covered Cumberland River with oil and created spectacular "river of fire," March, 1829. Oil bottled from this well was widely sold for medicinal use in United States and Europe under trade name, "American Oil." The claims of the superior qualities of this oil merited it the name of Old American Oil Well. Original boring was for salt well."

Update Log 

  • April 25, 2011: Added by Bill Eichelberger

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