Samuel Kier's Still
— Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania —Near this site in the 1850s Samuel Kier constructed a cast-iron distillation unit for refining crude oil. Kier's one-barrel still produced kerosene, a clean burning lamp fuel. Later, Kier built a five-barrel still and invented a lamp that minimized smoke and odor. Kier's refining process touched off the search for more dependable sources of crude oil, which led to the drilling of the nation's first oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania. These two technologies-refining and drilling-made western Pennsylvania the undisputed center of the early oil industry.
|Placed By||American Chemical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 585242 N 4477305|
|Decimal Degrees||40.44203333, -79.99486667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 26.522', W 79° 59.692'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 26' 31.32" N, 79° 59' 41.52" W|
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|Area Code(s)||412, 724|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 500-522 7th Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15219, US|
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