Canadian Oil History

Ever wonder how oil came to be in Canada. Where did it start at? After some researching and scouring of the internet, we came up with some great pieces of history. Feel free to use any of these but please ensure to keep the credits on them.



1858 - Oil Springs, Ontario


James Miller Williams dug the first oil well in North America at Oil Springs, Ontario, in 1858, fully one year before the more famous Drake well in Pennsylvania. Although intended as a water well, when the Williams No. 1 well found free oil twenty metres below surface, it set off a flurry of activity which briefly made southwestern Ontario a world leader in petroleum drilling and production skills and technology.

Oil Museum still stands today.


Write up Credit:

Petroleum History Society Website

http://www.petroleumhistory.ca/history/wells.html


photo credit: Wikipedia


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