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Titusville (Pennsylvania)

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Titusville (Pennsylvania)

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Drake Well

Titusville [5] is in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania, USA. The city is considered the birthplace of the oil industry

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Titusville can be reached via Route 8 from the north or south and Route 27 from east and west.

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  • Drake Well Museum, 202 Museum Lane, 814-827-2797, [1]. 9 AM to 5 PM Mon. - Sat., 12 PM to 5 PM Sun. (Closed on Tuesdays from Nov. to April. The site where Colonel Edwin Drake struck oil on the banks of Oil Creek in 1859. He invented the first oil drill, and the museum grounds feature a replica of his drill. At the end opposite the museum building you'll find ancient pits dug by the Native Americans to scoop oil, which they used for medicines and ointments. Drake well includes a museum, outdoor exhibits, picnic area, and several hiking trails. A 9 mile bike trail connects with the Oil City side of Oil Creek State Park. It is a beautiful bike ride on a paved trail. The museum is open year round, but the outdoor exhibits are only open from May through October. $6 adults, $5 senior citizens and AAA members, $3 children.  edit
  • Woodlawn Cemetary, 892 W. Spring St. A quiet little cemetary containing the graves of many famous Titusville natives from the hayday of the oil industry. Among them are Ida Tarbell and Edwin Drake.  edit
  • Ida Tarbell House, 324 East Main St. Built in 1870 by the Tarbell family after relocating from Pithole. Ida Tarbell was raised here and went to school at Titusville High School, graduating in 1875 with honors. Later in life, after writing biographies of Napoleon Bonoparte and Abraham Lincoln, Ida Tarbell wrote her most famous book about the Standard Oil Company. Her publication was so influential that it eventually helped lead to the dissolution of the Standard Oil Company as it was a monopoly. To this day, Ida Tarbell is considered to be one of America's most famous muckrakers. The house remained in the Tarbell family until 1918.  edit

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  • Oil Creek State Park.  edit
  • Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad, 409 S. Perry Street, Titusville, PA (On Truck Rt. 8 in the center of town), 814-676-1733, [2]. 1:00 pm departure. Vintage 1930 train that travels a 26-mile round-trip through Oil Creek State Park June through October. Special events (Santa Express; Peter Cottontail Run). Has the only operating Railway Post Office (RPO) in the U. S. Mail a postcard every time the train travel the tracks. Special Fall Foliage times in October with an extended schedule. $19/Adult;$17/Seniors;$13/Kids (3-12).  edit

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  • Landmark Square Antiques, 601 W. Spring Street, 814-827-0863. 10:00 - 5:00 Mon-Sat; 10:00 - 3:00 Sunday. Complete display of antique furniture, glassware, jewelry and tools. Large selection of Roseville.  edit

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Blue Canoe opened in summer 2008 and it's a very good microbrewery with good food.

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  • Comfort Inn, 511 West Central Ave, 814-827-0041, [3]. checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. $75-$120.  edit
  • Caboose Motel, 814-676-1733, [4]. For those who want to experience the local history even in their accommodations, those who enjoy staying at unique lodgings, or anyone looking for a place to stay in Titusville, the Caboose Motel is an actual train turned into a hotel. Each car has the name of an actual railroad company on it, so you can see the history and significance of your car on the website. All cars have heating, air conditioning, and televisions. Please note that the hotel is only open from May 1 through October 25.  edit

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