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Drake's oil well, the first in the USA, 1859

Drake's oil well, the first in the USA, 1859

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The first US oil well. The well was constructed at Titusville, Pennsylvania, by 'Colonel' Edwin Drake in 1859. On 27 August, after two months of drilling when the well was 23 metres deep, oil was struck and the rush for 'black gold' began.

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