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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Main Street

Oil City’s first street was Main Street, a six-block avenue that was also the settlement’s only

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East End Redevelopment

Not since the Great Fire and Flood of 1892 had the City of Oil City embarked on such a major project

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Siverly, one of Oil City’s most unique neighborhoods, was the last one to give up its independence

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So You’ve Landed a Headquarters Job…

Oil City was in the national news on April 10, 1984, and the local reaction was anything but

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The Jewish Community

  Oil City once claimed a large and thriving Jewish population with dozens of families living in

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Rich and Famous

Many Oil City residents earned high recognition as well as enormous wealth. Others, meanwhile, have

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Quirky Links to Oil City

Oil City and the surrounding area luxuriated in wealth gained from the booming oil and gas

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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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