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The Drake Chapters
Introduction to the Drake Chapters
The Beginning of the Petroleum Industry
Oil Creek Before Drake's Well
Refining Seep Oil
Chemical Report of Seep Oil
Pinched Noses
Other Predicaments
Drake's First Visit to Titusville
Drake Commences Work at the Seep
Drake's Well
First Production
Petroleum Geology of the Drake Sand
Drake's Other Wells
Dismantling of the Derrick
The Deepening of the Drake Well
Among the First Players
Drake's Tomb


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DICKEY, P.A., 1959, The first oil well, Oil Industry Centennial: Journal of Petroleum Technology, January, 59, p. 14-25.

GIDDENS, P.H., 1938, The birth of the oil industry. The MacMillan Company, New York, 216 p.

OWEN, J.W., 1975, Trek of the oil finders, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Memoir 6, Semicentennial Convention Volume, 1647 p.

PEES, S.T., 1989, Ed., History of the petroleum industry symposium, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Guidebook, 84 p.

PEES, S.T. and STEWART, A.W., 1995, The setting in Oil Creek Valley, Pa., and the chronological progress of the Drake Well Museum, an important repository of oil industry history: Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences, v. 17, no. 3, p. 282-294.

TARBELL, I.M., 1938, Introduction to Giddens' book The Birth of the Oil Industry (see listing above), p. xiii - xxxix. 

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