[The Oil Regions of Pennsylvania]


The beginning of America’s oil bonanza.

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This interesting group of views shows some of the most important oil regions scattered across Pennsylvania during the mid-1860s. Just six years prior to publication, the first operational oil well was dug near Titusville, and within a decade Pennsylvania was producing millions of barrels of oil per year. All three images were sketched by Theodore Davis and published in the November 25, 1865 edition of Harper’s Weekly.

The top view shows a detachment of riders leaving the town of Schaffer for Pithole, laid out in May of that year as one of the nation’s first oil boomtowns. Reno, ‘The future metropolis of the Pennsylvania oil region” is shown in the center, while the bottom scene shows the vast oil infrastructure of Pit Hole City – today, a ghost town.


Map Details

Publication Date: 1865

Author: Theodore Davis

Sheet Width (in): 10.5

Sheet Height (in): 15.25

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Single sheet from the November 25, 1865 edition of Harper's Weekly. Ragged outer edge that shows several small tears and creases. A few tiny spots visible within the image. Attractive modern hand color.


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