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Myth, Legend, Reality: Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry
Myth Legend Reality Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry Author:William R Brice August 27, 1859, is one of those dates on which the world changed. On that day a drill bit broke into a thin sandstone layer sixty-nine and a half feet below the surface and a mixture of oil and water rose to the surface. Edwin Drake's quest to find oil by drilling was a success, and the modern oil and gas industry took a giant leap forward. Eve... more »n though the use of petroleum dates back toe the first human civilizations, the events of that Saturday afternoon along the banks of Oil Creek near Titusville, Pennsylvania, provided the spark that propelled the petroleum industry toward the future.
Today petroleum and natural gas, and the multitude of products derived from them, touch our lives everyday in more ways than we can imagine, but practically everything that we buy, touch, or consume is in some way connected to petroleum. The most obvious contribution of petroleum has been the revolution in transportation, a revolution that has brought our world, for better or worse, so much closer together than ever before in human history.
Telling the story of the early exploitation of petroleum, this well illustrated book chronicles the lives of some of the men who were midwives at the birth of the modern oil industry. Prominent among them is Edwin Drake, who, to use a 21st century business term, was the project manager on the first successful attempt to find oil by drilling a well. It was Drake's personality, preserverance and good old Yankee ingenuity, that kept the project alive in the face of public derision, failing finances and even abandonment by the very company that sent him to the wilds of western Pennsylvania.
This is the story of the early petroleum industry and the story of Edwin Drake, the man whose name is forever linked to the well that started the modern industry. As this volume clearly demonstrates, Edwin L. Drake's legacy is around us every day and we continue to remember the man, his family, and the sacrifices they made without realizing that they were creating a future that is ours today, 150 years later.« less