The Oil City area’s hidden heritage is one filled with ingenuity, largesse, culture and so much more. The city’s incredible success was fueled by great wealth and exceptional talent. Much of our heritage, though, is unknown to many of us. The Oil City Heritage Society and the Oil City Library believe our city’s legacy should be shared and enjoyed. To that end, we will share our community’s stories and pictures on our Hidden Heritage blog. Stay tuned for historic as well as quirky entries that tell our history.

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Oil City’s sizzling hustle and bustle as a result of the region’s early petroleum industry drew

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The City of Oil City was booming in the mid-1950s. The population was listed as 18,500-plus

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Library Hall

The Oil City Library, one of 1,412 public libraries built in the United States more than a century

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Wharfs & Steamboats

The Allegheny River was a prime transportation route for all manner of goods for more than 200

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The Parsons Photo Album: 1910

A family’s photograph album, small in size but chocked full of pictures, showcases an earlier time

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Presidential Visitors

The Oil City area has traditionally drawn a wide assortment of politicians in search of voter

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The Oil Valley boasted dozens of oil companies and several refineries in its early history. Key

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Hidden Heritage has produced 61 volumes since its inception in May of 2021. While there are still many more stories to share about Oil City’s eventful past, it is time for a brief intermission. Volume 61 will be the last to publish before Hidden Heritage takes a hiatus until further notice. We want to thank our readers for all the support & encourage you to read published volumes below, where they will remain freely available for the foreseeable future. If you’d like to purchase volumes in bulk, 4 compendiums are available at the Oil City Library. We look forward to bringing you more stories in the future!

– Judy, Kay & Natalie

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