ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
August 27, 1859
The First Successful Commercial Oil Well is Drilled
On this day in 1859, near Titusville, PA, a salt well driller, William A. Smith was able to drill an oil well
which turned out to be commercially successful.
It became so successful that by 1862, a railroad and been built between Titusville and Corry to deliver the oil to
the larger east-west lines. Over the next several years, eight refineries were built. The population of Titusville
exploded from 250 to 10,000.
The area now contains the 290-acre Drake Well Museum.