Rathbone Well

Rathbone Well (HM1E7T)

Location: Creston, WV 26141 Wirt County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 59.511', W 81° 19.187'

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The first well in West Virginia drilled solely for petroleum was located near the mouth of Burning Springs Run. The well was drilled with a "spring pole" by the Rathbones and others from Parkersburg, begun in 1859 completed May 1860. Produced at the rate of 100 barrels per day. In 1863 General Jones commanding Confederate forces set fire to the oil stored in tanks, barrels and boats, destroying in a day an estimated 300,000 barrels of oil.
HM NumberHM1E7T
Year Placed1963
Placed ByW, VA. Centennial Committee of the Oil and Natural Gas Industry, West Virginia Historic Commission
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 2:18pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 472306 N 4315920
Decimal Degrees38.99185000, -81.31978333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.511', W 81° 19.187'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 30.66" N, 81° 19' 11.22" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7480 Little Kanawha Pkwy, Creston WV 26141, US
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