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Important Discovery in the Township of Enniskillen newspaper article

Extraordinary Flowing Oil Well

Hamilton Times, Author Unknown
Extraordinary Flowing Oil Well
20 January 1862
page 2

Our correspondent writes us from the Oil Springs, under date of the 16th inst., [an] interesting account of a flowing Oil well which has just been tapped. He says:— I have just time to mention that to-day at half past eleven o'clock, a.m., Mr. John Shaw, from Kingston, C. W., tapped a vein of oil in his well, at a depth of one hundred and fifty-eight feet in the rock, which filled the surface well, (forty-five feet to the rock) and the conductors [sic] in the course of fifteen minutes, and immediately commenced flowing. It will hardly be credited, but nevertheless such is the case, that the present enormous flow of oil cannot be estimated at less than two thousand barrels per day, (twenty-four hours), of pure oil, and the quantity increasing every hour. I saw three men in the course of one hour, fill fifty barrels from the flow of oil, which is running away in every direction; the flat presenting the appearance of a sea of oil. The excitement is intense, and hundreds are rushing from every quarter to see this extraordinary well. Experience oil well diggers from the other side, affirm that this week equals their best flowing wells in Pennsylvania, and they pronounced the oil as being of a superior quality. This flowing well is situation on lot No. 10, Range B, Messrs. Sanborn & Co.'s Oil Territory.

Oil Museum of Canada

This document is from the archival collection of the Oil Museum of Canada.

The museum, in the Village of Oil Springs, preserves the site of the first commercial oil well in North America. The oil heritage district also developed North America's first gusher and the world's first oil exchange. The museum and outdoor exhibitions contain a wealth of petroleum industry artifacts, working exhibits, fascinating stories and intriguing photographs.

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