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The Thorla McKee Well

The first oil producing well in North America is located at Caldwell and was drilled in 1814. This site, as well as the Big Muskie Bucket and the Wilds, are three Noble County area attractions designated by the State of Ohio as "Great Ohio Adventures of Learning." All three are located within minutes of Caldwell's Interstate 77 Exit 25. The site is located just two miles East of Caldwell's I-77 Exit 25 and right at the junction of State Routes 78 and 564.

The original hollow log casing used in 1814 is still entact, along with an Ohio Historical Marker. The well still produces small amounts of oil and natural gas, which can be used for heating and lamp oil. Information about the site has been featured on PBS television.

Log Cabin Welcome Center- I-77 Exit 25
2 miles East of I-77 Exit 25 on SR 78
At junction of SR 78 and SR 564
Caldwell, Ohio 43724

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Local Number: (740) 732-5288

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