Charles E. Williams is an ecologist, regional historian, and writer whose work focuses on the landscapes of northern Pennsylvania. He is the author of Along the Allegheny River: The Northern Watershed, Along the Allegheny River: The Southern Watershed, and Along the Bucktail Highway.
Western Pennsylvania's Oil Heritageby Charles E. Williams
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The discovery of oil flowing from a well in the wilds of northwestern Pennsylvania shook the modern world in 1859. Refined as kerosene for lamps, a lubricant for home and industrial needs, and ultimately as a fuel for transportation in the form of gasoline, oil literally changed the world and defined global economics and politics. Western Pennsylvania's Oil Heritage profiles the history of Pennsylvania oil from its discovery and development to its impact on the culture, economy, and environment of the oil region. These vintage postcards provide a glimpse into the wide-ranging history of western Pennsylvania's oil region, from the cradle of the industry at Oil Creek, to the immensely productive Bradford oil field, and on to cities and towns like Oil City, built largely by the black gold.
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I found this book enjoyable simply because I'm from that area and saw the book in the store. Countless photos with short anecdotes made this a good quick read that I've shared with family members and friends. There is nice little introductions to the many small towns that were a part of that history. Any one who is interested in the beginnings of the oil industry or has a western pa. heritage would enjoy this.