Col. Edwin L. Drake
The Original Drake Well
Aug. 27, 1859
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The Drake Well is a 69.5-foot (21.2 m) deep oil well in Pennsylvania. The well is the centerpiece of the Drake Well Museum located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Titusville.
Drilled by Edwin Drake in 1859, along the banks of Oil Creek, it is the first commerical oil well in the United States. The Well was listed on National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. It was designated a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark in 1979. And it was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark on August 27, 2009, on the sesquicentennial of the strike.