Where It All Began

Oil & Gas Museum

The Fascinating Story Of The People And Places Involved In The "Birth" Of The Nation's Oil & Gas Industry


David L. McKain


Bernard L. Allen, Ph. D.

Published by David L. McKain

"A New And Exciting Oilfield History"

About The Book

This exciting book challenges Pennsylvania's long-standing claim as the birthplace of the oil industry. It chronicles the discovery of oil and gas and the development of the oil and gas industry in West Virginia and Southeastern Ohio from the mid-Eighteenth Century.

It delves into the powerful political influence that the industry leaders had on the creation of the state of West Virginia in the midst of the turmoil of the Civil War. It shows the importance of the Parkersburg area and West Virginia in the development of the world's most powerful and significant industries. The industry revolutionized modern history - from the kerosene light to modern plastics (for which the mid-Ohio valley is now famous). The amount of money involved is almost beyond comprehension when oil-related transactions of the 1800's are translated into today's dollar equivalents.

The book points out the influence of the area and its people on some of the most powerful companies in the world, including Standard Oil and EXXON, Marathon, Pure Oil, Cabot, Pennzoil, and Union Carbide, to name a few.

It is fully illustrated with over 270 pictures and maps - many never before published - and contains much original historical material with insightful analysis covering a range of political, social and economics events from the early 1800's to the present. Original material from newspapers, deeds and personal diaries provide a vivid portrait of the early days of the area.

This is a particularly important oilfield and local West Virginia history reference work containing many carefully researched facts which revise long accepted views of historical, political, social and economic events. Much of this new information has national implications.

About The Authors

David L. McKain is Vice President of Parkersburg Tool Company, which makes oil, gas and water well drilling and fishing tools. He formerly was a civilian executive in the Office, Chief of Staff, U. S. Army, Pentagon, Washington, D. C. for ten years before returning to his hometown of Parkersburg in 1970. From then to 1991 he was owner and president of Acme Fishing Tool Company, Parkersburg, West Virginia.

He earned his BA in Political Science and Economics from West Virginia University in 1960 and did his masters degree work in management and economics at George Washington University. He is a philatelist and postal historian, having received several international postal history awards. He is also currently president of the Oil, Gas & Industrial Historical Association, which sponsors the Oil & Gas Museum, Parkersburg, West Virginia. He is a member of the Wood County Landmarks Commission.

His family goes back to the early days of the oil industry in Pennsylvania with two of his great grandfathers in the 1860's oil boom at Pithole and other early oilfields.

Bernard L. Allen, Ph.D. is a professor of history and philosophy at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

He earned his Ph.D. in history at West Virginia University.

He is the author of three books and numerous newspaper articles about the history of the mid-Ohio Valley. He is past president of the West Virginia Historical Association of College and University Professors of History and has been selected several times by the student body of WVU-P as outstanding professor. He is currently Chairman of the Wood County Landmarks Commission and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Oil, Gas and Industrial Historical Association.

The Book Also Contains

  • Civil War History
  • Original 1860's "Oilpatch" Diaries
  • West Virginia Statehood History
  • West Virginia Genealogy
  • Factual Historical Reference
  • Local Parkersburg/Marietta & Regional History
  • First Wartime Oilfield Attack
  • First Oilfield in the United States

The book is hardbound and is 8 1/2" by 11", has 416 pages and is fully illustrated with over 270 pictures and maps, many never before published.

How To Order

To send to U. S. addresses, send $43 to cover the book, taxes, boxing and postage to:

David L. McKain
1225 Ann Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101

Please send a copy of "Where It All Began" to:

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For foreign orders, please write for correct shipping amount.

David L. McKain can be emailed at dlmckain@yahoo.com


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