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The Founding of Petrolia

The Founding of Petrolia

Photo by contributor Pat Harwood - Posted June, 2005

The Founding of Petrolia

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Lambton
The Town of Petrolia
In a small park beside the town hall
on the west side of Greenfield Street
just south of Petrolia Line (Road 4)


Coordinates: N 42 52.883 W 82 08.794

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Plaque Text

Following the discovery of oil at Oil Springs in 1857 prospectors extended their search to the entire township of Enniskillen. At the site of Petrolia, which contained two small settlements with post offices named Durance and Ennis, a well was brought into production in 1860. The following year a small refinery was opened and the Durance post office renamed "Petrolea". At first, eclipsed by Oil Springs, the community developed slowly. But in 1865-66 a series of discoveries culminating in the drilling of the King well established Petrolia as the major oil producing centre in Canada and its population soared from about 300 to some 2,300. Incorporated as the village of Petrolia in 1866, it became a town in January 1, 1874.

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> Posted June 5, 2016
I lived there from June to November 1976. I am from Boston Mass. When I left I flew out of a small airport. It had grass runways.
Tom Coz tomcoz73@gmail.com




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