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.