Historic Pithole

Recently I got to go to Pithole, PA. It was a boom town during the days following the discovery of oil. It became a thriving town with hotels, saloons and three churches, in about two years time. When they had depleted the oil, the town disintegrated just as quickly as it had sprung up. There is now a museum at the site, and the former streets have been marked with signs but otherwise, Pithole is an empty field. One of the last buildings to go was the Methodist Church. A picnic shelter has been built there and it’s named Pitholey Inn.

We aren’t sure what this device in the picture is but we think it is one of the oil pumps, –from many years ago.
We didn’t stay long but it was interesting to look around.

My friend stands beside a device for pumping oil many years ago.

My friend stands beside an ancient oil pump.

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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4 Responses to Historic Pithole

  1. Sally says:

    I had never heard of Pithole, Nancy, but then there are a lot of places I haven’t. There are some around here that I’ve been saying for YEARS I want to visit. Good for you and your friend. Pitholey Inn?? Gads!! lol

  2. Lorraine says:

    How interesting. I know there was a website at one time that had a list of American ghost towns. I was surprised to learn that there were several not far from me.

  3. NJ says:

    Thanks, Sally and Lorraine. It’s always nice to see you here.
    NJ

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