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Oil and Gas Museum

119 Third Street

McKain's work led to more than just a publication. While researching the book with co-author, Bernard Allen, a history professor at West Virginia University in Parkersburg, McKain also established the Oil & Gas Museum in Parkersburg.

The Museum features a collection of artifacts, papers and documents from the oil and gas industry. It also has a replica of an old oilfield office.

The nonprofit museum is housed in a four-story building, and the first floor is already filled up with artifacts. "We're working on the second floor now," he said.

Retired petroleum geologist and AAPG member George Grow Jr. recently donated an historic oil well site at Burning Springs in Wirt County, W.Va., to the museum to help create a memorial and park recognizing Burning Springs' role as the first West Virginia oil boomtown.

The well is located about 30 miles from the museum, which is in downtown Parkersburg.

Grow, of Westfield, N.J., deeded the well site along with five acres of land adjacent to the museum.

"They're going to try to clean it out and pump a little bit of oil," Grow said. "It hasn't been active in many years."

Once it is refurbished, he said, it will be the oldest producing well in the world.


Tammy Hoffa

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
So many things to see. I’m so glad we stopped here. The man working there was very knowledgeable about the history of the town and it’s surroundings.

Victoria Miller

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
Love history. Great place to stop in and check out.

Sandy Heishman

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
Great place to visit. Alot of history here. The man who was working was very knowledgeable, answered our questions. Highly much to see. Alot of interesting items.

Tina Morris

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Great museum about the history of the oil and gas industry, but it also has a number of other historical exhibits, including an impressive civil war collection.

Eva Starkey

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017
This is such an interesting little museum dedicated to history of West Virginia's history in drilling oil wells. There is also a great history of gas stations and products distilled from oil. My family opened a gas station in the depression. We donated photos to the museum. This is a more casual feeling museum. I really like it here.

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