Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Picture Box


Here's what Washington looked like in the 1890s, during the height of the oil boom. Hundreds of wells in and around the city produced as much as 18,575 barrels a day from the Washington field.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Damn! Why aren't we drilling here now! Damn you leftist nature do-gooders.

Anonymous said...

Is that in the vicinity of Goat Hill? Or around West Wyile Ave.?

Brant said...

I think all that drilling occurred when the city was led by Mayor Zebediah Palin.

Anonymous said...

Good insight Brant. Provoking to say the least. The very least.

Thank you

Brant said...

Glad to be of assistance. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Drill, baby, drill.

Anonymous said...

I don't know exactly where this is. There are other views of Washington taken at the same time that have recognizable buildings in them, but this one does not.

Park Burroughs said...

That last comment was mine.
- Park

Anonymous said...

I mention Wylie Ave. becasue the O-R published a photo from about the 1890s of the old W&J College baseball field that was located behind the old Al Lorenzi lumber yard just off of Jefferson. Of note in that photo were the many oil derricks. I believe this photo was in your Washington County Living publication no more than a year or so ago. There was also a modern-day comparison shot.

Maybe it's also from the Presbyterian Home/Gallows Hill side of town.

Anonymous said...

I know there are some impressive pictures of McDonald Pa during this period.