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Burning Springs Oil Field


William P. Rathbone and his sons purchased 12,000 acres at Burning Springs Run in Wirt County.

Other events that happened on or around 1840


First oil-producing well drilled in Pennsylvania

Other events that happened on or around 1859


Samuel D. Karnes stuck oil and began producing, opening Burning Springs oil field

May 09, 1863

A Confederate raiding party under Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones set fire to the Burning Springs oil field and to crude oil being stored in the area.


A park was opened at Burning Springs

Other events that happened on or around 2004

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