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Found these pictures of my home town Cornwallis Wv 1890-1900 oil boom. Still a little old iron laying around and some of these old wells still producing. My Dad and Granddad pumped alot ot these wells. It's just a ghost town now. Thanks , Skidmore
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Thanks for the pics Skidmore, as I sit here in this Ol motel (mobile, Al) Looking at Your pics I think how nice it would be to walk through a door and be right there, Seeing everything in it's Hayday.

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Found this old gasoline drum that came from my hometown a while back. Henaghan & Hanlon, Gasoline Plants were very well known in this area around the teens and twentys. I heard you paid a deposit on the drum when you bought the gas. Prodably could get a drum of good gas for what a gallon of this corn fuel cost today. thanks, Skidmore
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Check out this old photo from my area, McFarlan Wv 17 miles to Cairo . What do you see in the lower left hand corner ?
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Base for a Reid?
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JWithers you got it that's a Reid. Many of you that got Reids off Tom Schoolcraft years back, this my be your engine. This area was polluted with Reids up until 6 to 7 years ago.
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That's a Climax geared steam locomotive they are on. Used for logging and mining railroads.
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My wife's Great Grandad in 1902 drilling one of his 1st oil wells in Tyler Co WV near the bridge at Rt 18 /23. 115 years later and the Haught family is still drilling and that continues to be a hot spot today.
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Found these pictures of my home town Cornwallis Wv 1890-1900 oil boom. Still a little old iron laying around and some of these old wells still producing. My Dad and Granddad pumped alot ot these wells. It's just a ghost town now. Thanks , Skidmore
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Our engine club bought an Oil City/South Penn from Tom. He said it came from a well field in Mcfarlan WV! I wrote an article for The Gas Engine Magazine about its restoration. My son posted a video of it running on youtube. I understand that the wells once serviced by the OC/SP are still producing, but with modernized engines

Skidmore, where in WV is Cornwallis? I would like to visit it someday.
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This area was polluted with Reids up until 6 to 7 years ago.
Same here, until I got into the hobby I didn't know there was anything else but Rieds, lol.
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Cornwallis is located in Ritchie Co. WV and it borders North Bend state park on 3 sides. A river on one side and a railroad on the other. It was a booming place in it's day. Standard rigs ever where. Population is maybe 5 today. Not much to look at now. As far as engines go. The area was polluted with engines. Here is a list of engines I saved form this small area. B D Tillinghast /Farrar Trefts Gardner/Erie city 22 1/2 Bessemer Oilwell supply DC & U convertible Leidecker drilling rig Koontz Spence Cory steam engine 15hp Pattin and about 10 Reids 8hp 12hp 15hp and a 20hp.
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