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.

The Oil Exchange & National Transit

Two of Oil City’s most imposing and unique buildings once stood opposite each other in the city’s

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Luxurious Residences

For many years, Oil City was replete with hundreds of ornate residences scattered throughout the

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The Glass Industry

Oil and gas fueled Oil City’s early economy. The extraction, production and refining processes

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Notable Women

Oil City’s lively culture and hefty wealth in its heyday encouraged local residents to explore new

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Oil City Boat Club

Financial success and a keen interest in finding a recreational outlet prompted a group of Oil City

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Early Theaters

Oil City boasted several theaters in its early history. Patrons could enjoy a wide variety of

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Oil City’s early history featured a favorite four-legged critter – horses. As the city prospered in

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Parochial Schools

Catholic education has a long history in Oil City as a result of efforts undertaken by hundreds of

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