150 YEARS AGO - Boom Towns Appeared In WV

(03/21/2011)

The debate over drilling for fuel, and the wealth that potentially could come from it, is nothing new in West Virginia.

By Bob Robinson
for   The State Journal

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia politicians and citizens may be spending their days lately debating the pros and cons of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale.

But the debate over drilling for fuel, and the wealth that potentially could come from it, is nothing new in West Virginia.

Slightly more than 150 ago, oil fortunes were being won and lost, almost overnight it seemed, in the tiny village of Burning Springs in Wirt County.

The oil boom, which saw Burning Springs grow from a few dozen residents to several thousand within a year’s time, also played a major role in the early years of West Virginia by people involved in oil production.

Read the rest of the story by Bob Robinson at   150 Years Ago, Boom Towns Appeared as Oil Production Took Off In West Virginia See related story   BURNING SPRINGS "WHERE IT ALL BEGAN" - Rathbone Well Park Open To Public


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