DescriptionThe discovery of oil in 1860 precipitated the almost overnight settlement of Oil City. The narrow ravine of Oil Creek became the busiest valley on the continent and in a short time was covered with derricks from Oil City to Titusville. From 1860 to 1870, 17 million barrels of oil were shipped from this region to Pittsburgh. McClintock Well No. 1, drilled in 1861, is still producing.
The Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad offers 3-hour round-trips in restored 1930s passenger cars between Titusville and Rynd Farm in Oil City. Along the way there are stops at Drake Well Park and Petroleum Centre Station in Oil Creek State Park.
Hasson Park Arboretum on E. Bissell Avenue bursts into color in the spring when more than 500 rhododendron bloom. Summer and winter recreational activities are offered at Oil Creek State Park off SR 8 between Oil City and Titusville; phone (814) 676-5915.
Visitor InfoOil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism 217 Elm St. OIL CITY, PA 16301. Phone:(814)677-3152 or (800)483-6264
Things to SeeVenango Museum of Art, Science and Industry