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Happy Memorial Day weekend! In memory of many, in honor of all. Thank you for your bravery & sacrifice!Oil Region Libraries will be closed through Monday & will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, May 31st. ... See MoreSee Less
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The very first episode of the Venango Speaks Podcast is officially LIVE! Listen on your favorite podcast platform or listen on Spotify here: open.spotify.com/show/0DuFuwWsc191PhEzunAsuXSusan Williams, President of the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce, joins us to discuss the podcast's creation & origin. We also talk about Leadership Venango, a 9-month program offered through the Chamber that provides enrichment & education for local leaders.The Venango Speaks Podcast is a group project by students of the Venango Leadership program. The podcast is a show about people, places & things in Venango County, Pennsylvania. Incorporating discussions about recreation, business, volunteerism, revitalization, & community on the local level, the podcast aims to provide the surrounding area with engaging conversations featuring local youth, leaders & professionals. ... See MoreSee Less
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Volume 26 of Hidden Heritage, "State Street Bridge", is up! Read it now at oilregionlibraries.org/state-street-bridge or pick up a print copy at the Oil City Library.Efforts to build the first bridge across the Allegheny River at Oil City began in 1863 as more families settled on both sides of the river and commercial trade ranging from iron furnace materials to livestock quickly grew.In the river settlement’s earlier years, travel across the waterway for people as well as goods was done via Native American canoes and settlers’ skiffs. When the Bell Iron Furnace at the mouth of Oil Creek went into operation in 1825, river traffic got even busier as flat boats transported iron ore, charcoal and limestone from one side of the river to the other.Hidden Heritage is currently sponsored by the Oil Region Alliance and Gates & Burns Realty. Thank you for supporting this important project! Want to be a sponsor? Email promotions@oilregionlibraries.org for more details. ... See MoreSee Less
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  • State Street Bridge
    State Street Bridge

    Efforts to build the first bridge across the Allegheny River at Oil City began in 1863 as more families settled on both sides of the river and commercial trade ranging from iron furnace materials to…

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  • Oil City Trains
    Oil City Trains

    For decades, Oil City was a railroad hub for both freight trains and passenger trains. The rail service was essential to transport petroleum products, timber, coal, household goods, steel, iron, livestock, food and produce, and…

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