Cherry Run Valley Plumer, Pithole, and Oil City Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

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Overview

In 1855, the Cherry Run Valley was a quiet farming community in Venango County in northwestern Pennsylvania. The small town of Plummerville was the largest settlement in all of Cherry Run. Oil City, then know as Cornplanter, was little more then Hasson's Cornfield and Gristmill. Pithole was the home to several pioneers who had each acquired plots of four hundred acres from the Holland Land Company. However, on August 27-28, 1859, Col. Edwin L. Drake and Uncle Billy successfully struck oil near Titusvilleacross ...

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Overview

In 1855, the Cherry Run Valley was a quiet farming community in Venango County in northwestern Pennsylvania. The small town of Plummerville was the largest settlement in all of Cherry Run. Oil City, then know as Cornplanter, was little more then Hasson's Cornfield and Gristmill. Pithole was the home to several pioneers who had each acquired plots of four hundred acres from the Holland Land Company. However, on August 27-28, 1859, Col. Edwin L. Drake and Uncle Billy successfully struck oil near Titusvilleacross Oil Creek in north Venango County. As the news spread to the world, an onslaught of curious reporters, speculators, and adventurers filled the valley. Farms were bought and leased to investors and then often subleased before a well was even bored. Life was about to change dramatically for the people of the Cherry Run Valley. Images from private, local collections make Cherry Run Valley: Plumer, Pithole, and Oil City a true local treasure. From the earliest days to the first sighting of the new commodity to the migration down the length of Oil Creek, the Cherry Run Valley weathered it all. Plumer remains a beautiful village at the entrance to Oil Creek State Park, and Pithole went from buckwheat farm to boomtown to ghost town and now a popular state museum and park. This truly unique place and its history are captured in this long-awaited volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738504940
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,377,171
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Karns, a native of Cherry Run, chronicles the story of the valley through rare images and the personal narratives of the families who still call Cherry Run Valley their home. His lifelong interest in local history has culminated in the publication of this striking collection of rare photographs and stories of the early days of the Cherry Run Valley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2001

    A great book for historians and the curious!

    I live in the area mentioned in the book. It was fascinating looking through the pictures with my husband's grandmother, Mrs. E.B. Ellis, who grew up in this area and knew many of the people and places in the photos. I feel that it needed just a little more in-depth dialog, though. I'm looking forward to Steve's next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2001

    Well Received by the Community

    I was fortunate to be around the author when he was labouring on this book into the nights. It was fascinating to hear him retell the stories behind the hundreds of photos lent to him by the people in the community, and then to see him uncover the links and untold truths revealed in his extensive research. - His complete research is evident by the wide spread acceptance in the community of this book. It was distributed in many corner markets, libraries, and local historical societies. Now I have people asking me in church when they can get a copy of the second printing. - Like others, I wish there had been more telling of the stories. We await Steve's next book.

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