Oil and Gas History of Kentucky: 1629 to Drake

Contact: Brandon C. Nuttall

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While cannel coal in the western end of Pennsylvania and other sections of the country, bitumen and shales from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Huron, chapapote or mineral pitch in Cuba and San Domingo, oozings in Peru and Ecuador, asphaltum in Canada and oil-springs in Columbia and a half-dozen states of the Union from California to New York denoted the presence of petroleum over the greater part of this hemisphere, wells bored for salt were leading factors in bringing about its full development. Scores of these wells pumped more or less oil long before it "entered into the mind of man" to utilize the unwelcome intruder. McLaurin, 1896, Sketches in Crude-Oil

Brandon C. Nuttall
2003-2012 Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky
Created 10-June-2003, modified 26-Mar-2012