McClintock Well No. 1 at Drake Well Museum

Sharing the Common Wealth showcases objects, artifacts, documents, structures and buildings from the collections of PHMC.

McClintock Well Number 1 – the world’s oldest continuously producing oil well – was recently acquired by the Drake Well Museum in Titusville, Venango County. Drilled near Oil Creek in August 1861, the well produced fifty barrels of oil a day. The Quaker State Oil Corporation purchased the McClintock Well in 1952 and nominated it for the nearby state historical marker four years later. The gas engine, which powers the well’s pumping mechanism, was manufactured early in this century in nearby Oil City by the Joseph Reid Gas Engine Company. Acquisition of the McClintock Well Number 1 enhances the importance of the Drake Well Museum as an internationally recognized repository chronicling one of the most significant modern era industries. The acquisition also makes every Pennsylvanian a shareholder in a unique world treasure!