150th anniversary of Edwin Drake’s first oil well in Pennsylvania

Michael Giberson Here’s wishing a happy 150th birthday to the oil industry! On August 27, 1859, Edwin Drake and his steam engine succeeded, after weeks of work, in drilling a successful oil well.  Actually, more like “chipping” than “drilling.”  Alex Madrigal has the story and several old stereograph images: A western Pennsylvania river valley seems … More 150th anniversary of Edwin Drake’s first oil well in Pennsylvania