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Benjamin Silliman of Yale University analyzed a bottle of the oil and said it would make an excellent light.
Bissell and several friends purchased land near Titusville and engaged Edwin L. Drake to locate the oil there. Drake employed William Smith, an expert salt driller, to supervise drilling operations and on August 27,they struck oil at a depth of sixty-nine feet.
So far as is known, this was the first time that oil was tapped at its source, using a drill.
Titusville and other towns in the area boomed. One of those who heard about the discovery was John D. Because of his entrepreneurial instincts and his genius for organizing companies, Rockefeller became a leading figure in the U.
Inhe and a partner operated a commission firm in Cleveland. They soon sold it and built a small oil refinery. Rockefeller bought out his partner and in opened an export office in New York City.
The next year he, his brother William, S. Harkness, and Henry M. Flagler created what was to become the Standard Oil Company. Flagler is considered by many to have been nearly as important a figure in the oil business as John D. Additional discoveries near the Drake well had led to the creation of numerous firms and the Rockefeller company quickly began to buy out or combine with its competitors.
Samuel Van Syckel had built a four-mile pipeline from Pithole, Pennsylvania, to the nearest railroad. When Rockefeller observed this, he began to acquire pipelines for Standard.
Soon the company owned a majority of the lines, which provided cheap, efficient transportation for oil. Cleveland became a center of the refining industry principally because of its transportation systems. When product prices declined, the ensuing panic led to the beginning of a Standard Oil alliance in Sulfur made distilling kerosene very difficult, and even then it possessed a vile odor—another problem Frasch solved.
Thereafter, Standard employed scientists both to improve its product and for pure research. Soon kerosene replaced other illuminants; it was more reliable, efficient, and economical than other fuels. Eastern cities linked to the oil fields by rail and boat boomed also. The export trade from Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore became so important that Standard and other companies located refineries in those cities.
As early as the value of petroleum products exported to Europe provided a trade balance sufficient to pay the interest on U. When the Civil War interrupted the regular flow of kerosene and other petroleum products to western states, pressure increased to find a better method of utilizing oil found in such states as California.
But Standard exhibited little interest in the oil industry on the West Coast before In that year it purchased the Pacific Coast Oil Company and in incorporated all its western operations into Pacific Oil, now Chevron.
When Standard entered California inseven integrated oil companies already flourished there. The Union Oil Company was the most important of these. Operating difficulties plus the threat of taxation on its out-of-state properties led to the creation of the Standard Oil Trust in The trust controlled member corporations principally through stock ownership, an arrangement not unlike that of the modern-day holding company.
The tremendous growth of Standard did not occur without competition. Pennsylvania producers engineered the creation of an important competitor, the Pure Oil Company, Ltd.
This concern endured for more than a half century. In one of the largest and most significant oil strikes in history occurred near Beaumont, Texason a mound called Spindletop. Drillers brought in the greatest gusher ever seen within the United States.
This strike ended any possible monopoly by Standard Oil. One year after the Spindletop discovery more than fifteen hundred oil companies had been chartered. Oil production in the United States by more than equaled that of the rest of the world combined.
Many smaller companies developed outside the Northeast and the Midwest where Rockefeller and his associates operated. He later moved to Spindletop where he became instrumental in the organization of the Texas Company, soon a major competitor of Standard.Feb 20, · Find out more about the history of Oil Industry, including videos moved into California in with his American Gasoline Company (Shell Company of.
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