Before there was OPEC, lipstick and nylons, Iran and Alberta and even Titusville and Colonel Drake there was Petrolia and OIl Springs Ontario Canada. Here is where the world's oil industry started. In an age when few people traveled past the borders of their own counties, the pioneer oilman went out from the wilderness of Southeastern Ontario to discover most of the major oil fields of the world. They were on the Gobi Desert and in the Arctic, in Iran when it was Persia, Indonesia, Australia, and Russia+87 counties in all. In the 1920s, HarOilers brought home Alberta tar sands to pave the main street of Petrolia.
Petrolia Discovery is a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the early days of the world’s oil boom. From the first, hand-dug wells of the 1850s, to the great refineries and machine shops which abounded at the turn of the century, Petrolia’s Oil Heritage runs old and deep as the wells themselves. See an authentic 1860s oilfield in action.
The gem of Petrolia Discovery is The Fitzgerald Rig, in continuous service since 1903 this marvel of ingenuity and engineering serves as a central power source to operate multiple oil wells which are connected by the jerker line system.
In an age when few people traveled beyond the borders of their own home town, the pioneer oil men of Lambton County went out from the wilderness of Southwestern Ontario to discover most of the major oilfields of the world. They were on the Gobi, and in the Arctic, in Iran when it was still Persia, Indonesia, Australia, Russia… 87 countries in all. In the 1920s, Hard Oils brought home Alberta tar sands to pave the main street of Petrolia.
See the little known story of these amazing men at the Petrolia Discovery, a one-of-a-kind museum combining history and artifacts from the world’s first Oil Industry within the framework of an original and still operational oilfield, established in the 1860s.
Petrolia Discovery is a centre to learn, experience and enjoy the stories of Canadian ingenuity, talent and the pioneering spirit of Lambton County and its people – Canadians who influenced the global oil industry.
4381 Petrolia Line
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May 27 - June 30
Thursday - Sunday
10am - 4pm
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All of these pics and more are from my own collection and am always looking for pre 1920s Petrolia pics of anything to buy or borrow for copying. If you have pictures that I can borrow I only need a few minutes to scan them.