A Few Scraps, Oily And Otherwise

Paperback | August 1, 2013

byAlfred W. Smiley

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First published in 1907, A Few Scraps records the birth of the oil industry in Pennsylvania from the eyewitness perspective of Alfred Smiley, a Pennsylvania native who worked on the world’s first modern oil well. The “Drake” well, often called the birthplace of the modern petroleum industry, was struck on Oil Creek near Titusville, Pennsylvania, in August 1859. Smiley worked on this well and many others throughout the region, riding the overnight success and eventual decline of the oil boom in the second half of the nineteenth century. Mixing a quirky personal narrative with historical information, Smiley recounts stories of the growing oil industry and its effects on life in western Pennsylvania. He describes in lucid detail the early processes and practices of the oil rigs and pipelines, the fever of speculation, and the characters responsible for the creation of “oildom.” The text incorporates unique photographs from the late nineteenth century, providing a further glimpse into the development of communities on the verge of modernization and industrialization.

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First published in 1907, A Few Scraps records the birth of the oil industry in Pennsylvania from the eyewitness perspective of Alfred Smiley, a Pennsylvania native who worked on the world’s first modern oil well. The “Drake” well, often called the birthplace of the modern petroleum industry, was struck on Oil Creek near Titusville, Pen...

Alfred W. Smiley (1843–1927) was a clerk, administrator, and owner of several oil fields, operating his own refinery in Shamburg, Pennsylvania. He later became a member of the first board of directors of the Foxburg, St. Petersburg, and Clarion Railroad Company. In 1886 he was elected to the legislature for Clarion County, and he serve...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.52 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271062126

ISBN - 13:9780271062129

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