The First Oil Well in the US

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    While getting lost in Pennsylvania, I happened upon the first oil well ever built in the United States. It was dark and cloudy, so I had to get out the equipment for a shot, of course. I'm a slave to this stupid camera, I tell you.

    This was drilled in 1859 and was 69 feet deep. It's called the Drake Oil Well.

    Tina Ratcliff, Valpopando, and 30 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Terry_Lea 105 months ago | reply

      everything you do is eye candy,
      even the most mundane ordinary stuff becomes magical.

    2. Heaven`s Gate (John) 105 months ago | reply

      I love these rusty old buildings, and your hdr works well !

    3. Félix Gutiérrez [deleted] 105 months ago | reply

      great find, thanks for sharing my friend ;)

    4. ToRtU _ 105 months ago | reply

      Nice colors, exellent athmosphere

    5. SarahGeleyn 105 months ago | reply

      the dark sky matches with all the rust, especially that of the left part, that's so cool. Intriguing place, i wish we had those here too :)

    6. Dr. Doc 105 months ago | reply

      Great shot... nice composition with such rich colors.

    7. Jo Ann 315 105 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot. Beautiful colors and I love the HDR

    8. JesC 104 months ago | reply

      I love the moody clouds, you have a fantasctic sense of composition and lighting.

    9. KaroliK 104 months ago | reply

      Very cool! Plus, you just gave me a family history clue on a lost ancestor. thanks!

    10. mikallakim 102 months ago | reply

      great shot - i was born and raised in that town- was just doing a search for my old hometown on a whim, and stumbled onto your shot - pleasant surprise! very nice! :)

    11. Tina Beer Woltz 70 months ago | reply

      Nice shot!

      We would love for you to add this photo to

    12. stop that man! 2 months ago | reply

      Thanks very much for the photo, just used with this article on The Ecologist:

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