This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Natural gas history

Located a bit south of Francesville on US 421, across the highway from the Vulcan Materials quarry, is Pulaski County's only historical marker:
The text reads:
First Indiana Natural Gas Well
One mile southwest of this marker gas was discovered in 1867 by G. Bates while drilling for oil at a depth of 500 feet. Gas wells were drilled in 1887-1888; gas piped into Francesville lasted only four years.
Some natural gas was also found in Jasper County after a local Jed Clamppet struck oil. Maybe I can get that story ready later this week.

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