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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The Winter Midway Plaisance

The Oil City Relief Association and city hall teamed up in December 1894 for a week-long celebration

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Maybe She’s Born With It

Oil City’s unique history can come out in bits and pieces. The community can claim one-of-a-kinds,

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Second Presbyterian Church

A Milestone in 2022 Second Presbyterian Church, one of Oil City’s most imposing churches, marked its

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Say Cheese

The Oil Valley was awash with investors, speculators, shopkeepers, teamsters, drillers, producers

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South Side: 50’s & 60’s

Oil City’s South Side business district encompassed a four-square-block area that was filled with a

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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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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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