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 City of Oil City in its early decades was awash with places of business. There were more than

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Ducks and Roses

The Oil City area claimed honors as a major manufacturing center as it produced pumps, engines,

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Clark’s Summit

The first permanent settlers in what would become Oil City were Frances and Sarah Halyday who bought

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Believe It or Not

Tucked into the heritage of Oil City are little nuggets of quirky history. Here’s a sampling of

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An Eventful Year

The City of Oil City celebrated its sesquicentennial with much fanfare in 2021. The 150th

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Grand Spectacles

Oil City attracted a wide variety of big name athletes, national politicians, actors and actresses,

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Taking Flight

The Oil City area has a strong aviation history, thanks in large part to the fuel it has provided

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Oil City Aces

Oil City has a long and enduring history of sending its young men and women into harm’s way as

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