Clipped From The Titusville Herald

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! was begun at that depth about ; the middle of August, 1859. ! 'Black Gold 1 Spurti Up | On Saturday afternoon, August | 27, as Smith and his helpers were nearly finished for the day, the drill dropped into a crevice at a depth of sixty-nine feet from the surface and slipped downward six inches. The men pulled the tools out of the hole and then went home with no thought of having struck oil. Late Sunday afternoon "Uncle Billy" visited the well, peered into the pipe, and saw a dark fluid floating on top of the water within a few feet of the derrick floor. Ladling up a sample, he found that it was oil. Greatly excited, he sent his boy running to the Upper Mill crying, "They've struck oil." Black gold began to spurt from the soil of northwestern Pennsylvania and it was soon to rival in importance the yellow

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  1. The Titusville Herald,
  2. 24 Aug 1959, Mon,
  3. Page 203

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