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The Rathbone Well

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1840

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

1860

The Rathbone Well, West Virginia's first major oil well, was drilled.

Other events that happened on or around 1860

1861

Johnson Newlon Camden and John Jay Jackson Sr. brought in "The Eternal Center" well

Other events that happened on or around 1861

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.


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