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THE KARG GAS WELL [Original Cabinet Card Photograph]

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THE KARG GAS WELL [Original Cabinet Card Photograph]

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A stunning image of Findlay, Ohio's Karg gas well lit up at night. Published by local photographers Crozier & Linaweaver (Gagel, OHIO PHOTOGRAPHERS pp.50), undated though likely about 1887.

A petroleum boom began in Northwest Ohio in the 1880's. Drilling crews in search of liquid oil would frequently strike natural gas pockets and, initially lacking the technology to effectively tap the wells, would be forced to burn off the escaping methane which was seen largely as a nuisance and waste product. Quickly, however, the potential for natural gas was recognized and soon the area, Findlay in particular, would be awash in the resource, piping into homes and businesses for light and heat, advertising itself nationally as "[..] the best lighted City in the country." 

The Karg well in particular was a significant find, often called the most prolific gas well ever discovered, it produced a reported 40 million cubic feet of natural gas per day at its peak of production. The boom would bring about the merger of five regional oil companies into The Ohio Oil Company, a onetime subsidiary of Standard Oil, operating today as Marathon Petroleum (an approximately $27 billion corporation with its headquarters still in Findlay, mere miles from the site of the Karg). 

While likely produced for souvenir sale or industry promotion, comparable photographs appear scarce as we locate only a single, similar example in commerce (an online auction listing from May, 2011). A striking image and scarce photograph of a significant well in the history of American and Ohio petroleum.  

[Photography] : [Oil] : [Ohio]. THE KARG GAS WELL [Original Cabinet Card Photograph]. Findlay, Ohio: Corzier & Linaweaver, [ca. 1887]. Albumen photograph mounted to titled cabinet card. Card dimensions approximately 6 1/2" x 4 1/4" ; image approximately 5 1/2" x 4." Typed text listing 19 different Findlay-area producing wells. Mild handling wear. About near fine.

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A stunning image of Findlay, Ohio's Karg gas well lit up at night. Published by local photographers Crozier & Linaweaver (Gagel, OHIO PHOTOGRAPHERS pp.50), undated though likely about 1887.

A petroleum boom began in Northwest Ohio in the 1880's. Drilling crews in search of liquid oil would frequently strike natural gas pockets and, initially lacking the technology to effectively tap the wells, would be forced to burn off the escaping methane which was seen largely as a nuisance and waste product. Quickly, however, the potential for natural gas was recognized and soon the area, Findlay in particular, would be awash in the resource, piping into homes and businesses for light and heat, advertising itself nationally as "[..] the best lighted City in the country." 

The Karg well in particular was a significant find, often called the most prolific gas well ever discovered, it produced a reported 40 million cubic feet of natural gas per day at its peak of production. The boom would bring about the merger of five regional oil companies into The Ohio Oil Company, a onetime subsidiary of Standard Oil, operating today as Marathon Petroleum (an approximately $27 billion corporation with its headquarters still in Findlay, mere miles from the site of the Karg). 

While likely produced for souvenir sale or industry promotion, comparable photographs appear scarce as we locate only a single, similar example in commerce (an online auction listing from May, 2011). A striking image and scarce photograph of a significant well in the history of American and Ohio petroleum.  

[Photography] : [Oil] : [Ohio]. THE KARG GAS WELL [Original Cabinet Card Photograph]. Findlay, Ohio: Corzier & Linaweaver, [ca. 1887]. Albumen photograph mounted to titled cabinet card. Card dimensions approximately 6 1/2" x 4 1/4" ; image approximately 5 1/2" x 4." Typed text listing 19 different Findlay-area producing wells. Mild handling wear. About near fine.