Refining Crude Oil

Refining Crude Oil (HM1KUL)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Allegheny County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 26.522', W 79° 59.692'

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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.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByAmerican Chemical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 585242 N 4477305
Decimal Degrees40.44203333, -79.99486667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 26.522', W 79° 59.692'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 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 AddressAt or near 500-522 7th Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15219, US
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