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Pithole City National Historical Site

the Pithole City National Historical Site is part of Venango County, Pennsylvania .

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Pithole City- Venango Co PA 1996 a

Pithole City- Venango Co PA 1996 a
Made by kevystew
nrhp # 73001667- Pithole City, Site of- Pithole or Pithole City is a ghost town in Cornplanter Township, Venango County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, about 6 miles (9.7 km) from Oil Creek State Park and the Drake Well Museum, site of the world's first commercial oil well.[3] Pithole's sudden growth and equally rapid decline, as well as its status as a proving ground of sorts for the burgeoning petroleum industry, made it one of the most famous of oil boomtowns.[4][5] Oil strikes at nearby wells in January 1865 prompted a large influx of people to the area that would become Pithole, most of whom were land speculators. The town was laid out in May 1865, and by December was incorporated with an approximate population of 20,000. At its peak, Pithole had at least 54 hotels, 3 churches, the third largest post office in Pennsylvania, a newspaper, a theater, a railroad, the world's first pipeline and a red-light district the likes of Dodge City's.[6] By 1866, economic growth and oil production in Pithole had slowed. Oil strikes around other nearby communities and numerous fires drove residents away from Pithole and, by 1877, the borough was unincorporated. The site was cleared of overgrowth and was donated to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1961. A visitor's center, containing exhibits pertaining to the history of Pithole, was built in the 1970s. Pithole was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. from Wikpedia

Pithole City

Pithole City
Made by Wayne Senville
Pithole City, about 15 miles from Titusville, Pennsylvania, was one of America's most remarkable boom towns. It mushroomed overnight when oil fields were opened in 1865, and just as quickly faded to oblivion a couple of years later. This wooded field is where the City was located. See my report, Where America's Oil Industry Was Born (part of my CircleTheUSA reporting for the Planning Commissioners Journal): www.circletheusa.com/2009/04/pa-oil.html Creative Commons: Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives. Please credit photo as follows: Wayne Senville, Planning Commissioners Journal, www.plannersweb.com

Ghost Town - Pithole, PA

Ghost Town - Pithole, PA
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this is the site as it looks today. the hillside and surrounding area once sustained a city of 15,000 plus. at its peak, pithole had at least 54 hotels, 3 churches, the third largest post office in pennsylvania, a newspaper, a theater, a railroad, the world's first pipeline and a red-light district. walking around the streets today you can still see remnants of a few building foundations. in 3 short years the oil dried up and the city vanished - much like milli vanilli.

Visitors Center - Pithole, PA

Visitors Center - Pithole, PA
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since i was there in november the visitors center was closed. although a peek in the front window afforded me a glimpse of the amount of the last sale of the 2010 season. a whopping 9 cents! notice the sign says please do not touch. merely a kinder and gentler warning than m c hammer's can't touch this!

Visitors Center - Pithole, PA

Visitors Center - Pithole, PA
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the visitors center contains several exhibits, including a scale model of the city at its peak, an oil-transport wagon that is stuck in mud, and a small informational theater. the center is usually open from memorial day weekend through labor day.

Boomed And Gone - Pithole, PA

Boomed And Gone - Pithole, PA
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this display, located just outside the visitors center, shows photographs circa 1866 of some of the main drags in the city along with a set of early nose hair trimmers.

City Streets - Pithole, PA

City Streets - Pithole, PA
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this map of pithole shows the layout of city streets and the surrounding area. hard to believe more than 15,000 people lived in this small area at one time.

DSC_2846

DSC_2846
Made by mdmarkus66
Pithole City Site of oil boom town of 15,000. Established in 1865, a ghost town by 1868. Administered by the Pennsylvania and Museum Commission

Ghost Town - Pithole, PA

Ghost Town - Pithole, PA
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even though the visitors center was closed i was still lucky to catch the beautiful pennsylvania flora and vegetation at their peak.

Visitors Center - Pithole, PA

Visitors Center - Pithole, PA
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i'm assuming this is from some type of oil related transportation vehicle. either that, or the axle out of a '87 ford escort.

Methodist Church Site - Pithole, PA

Methodist Church Site - Pithole, PA
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this is the site of the methodist church. the last building to be torn down in pithole.

Iron Horse - Pithole, PA

Iron Horse - Pithole, PA
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very possibly the first prototype to today's popular hot dog stand.

Iron Horse - Pithole, PA

Iron Horse - Pithole, PA
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early versions of run flat tires weren't all that successful.

Ghost Town - Pithole, PA

Ghost Town - Pithole, PA
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it all vanished in just 3 short years.

Ghost Town - Pithole, PA

Ghost Town - Pithole, PA
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from boom to bust - in 3 short years.



Nearest places of interest:

PennDOT District 1 Office
Former Valley Yard
Hunter Station public golf course
State boat access at Tionesta
  Baker Island
West Hickory, Pennsylvania
Pleasantville, Pennsylvania
Pioneer, Pennsylvania (ghost town)

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