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Where the oil industry was born

Oil pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

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Oil pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Oil pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A 20hp 1918 engine runs to power oil pumps near the site of the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A 20hp 1918 engine runs to power oil pumps near the site of the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A 20hp 1918 engine runs to power oil pumps near the site of the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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The American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, is seen in Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, is seen in Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, is seen in Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A museum worker checks the oil as it pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. 


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A museum worker checks the oil as it pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A museum worker checks the oil as it pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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McClintock No. 1, the world's oldest continually producing oil well which was originally drilled in 1861 is seen here in Oil City, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

McClintock No. 1, the world's oldest continually producing oil well which was originally drilled in 1861 is seen here in Oil City, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

McClintock No. 1, the world's oldest continually producing oil well which was originally drilled in 1861 is seen here in Oil City, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A worker stands walks through the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, is seen in Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A worker stands walks through the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, is seen in Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A worker stands walks through the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, is seen in Bradford, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Steam rises from a valve at the American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG), the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Steam rises from a valve at the American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG), the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Steam rises from a valve at the American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG), the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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An exact replica of Edwin Drake's engine house and derrick that encloses the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. 

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An exact replica of Edwin Drake's engine house and derrick that encloses the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

An exact replica of Edwin Drake's engine house and derrick that encloses the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A control panel is seen at the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. 


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A control panel is seen at the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A control panel is seen at the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A pipe line is seen at the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, is seen in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A pipe line is seen at the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, is seen in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A pipe line is seen at the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, is seen in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Holding tanks are seen at the American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG) refinery, the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Holding tanks are seen at the American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG) refinery, the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Holding tanks are seen at the American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG) refinery, the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Barrels are stacked in a warehouse at the American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG) refinery, the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Barrels are stacked in a warehouse at the American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG) refinery, the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Barrels are stacked in a warehouse at the American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG) refinery, the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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An oil pumpjack operates in the drive-thru area of a McDonald's in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

An oil pumpjack operates in the drive-thru area of a McDonald's in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

An oil pumpjack operates in the drive-thru area of a McDonald's in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A vintage oil can is displayed at the Penn Brad Oil Museum in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A vintage oil can is displayed at the Penn Brad Oil Museum in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A vintage oil can is displayed at the Penn Brad Oil Museum in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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An old Oil Creek and Titusville train engine sits on a track near the Drake Well Museum and Park, where Edwin Drake originally struck oil in 1859 and that launched the modern petroleum industry, in Titusville, Pennsylvania. 

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An old Oil Creek and Titusville train engine sits on a track near the Drake Well Museum and Park, where Edwin Drake originally struck oil in 1859 and that launched the modern petroleum industry, in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

An old Oil Creek and Titusville train engine sits on a track near the Drake Well Museum and Park, where Edwin Drake originally struck oil in 1859 and that launched the modern petroleum industry, in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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An oil pumps runs near the site of the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. 

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An oil pumps runs near the site of the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

An oil pumps runs near the site of the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A California Style Steel drilling rig from 1920 is seen near the site of the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A California Style Steel drilling rig from 1920 is seen near the site of the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A California Style Steel drilling rig from 1920 is seen near the site of the original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A holding tank is seen at the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A holding tank is seen at the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A holding tank is seen at the American Refining Group, Inc., (ARG) the oldest continuously operated refinery in the United States founded in 1881, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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