Many People Don’t Know The Oldest Oil Producing Well In The World Is Located In West Virginia

Wait. Say what?! Did you know the oldest oil producing well in the world is right here in West Virginia?? When many outsiders think of our state, they immediately think of coal, not oil. However, many people who grew up in the Mountain State remember our fathers, brothers, and grandfathers working in either the oil or coal industry. West Virginia has a long history of producing both commodities – but one of those histories may be much longer than most realize.

Burning Springs Park and the Rathbone Well are found at

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