The Ancient Oil Mines of Alsace.

Issue 9 and Volume 7.

The Ancient Oil Mines of Alsace. “The oldest practical petroleum producers in the world are the Le Bel family of Alsace,” said ex-Senator Lewis Emery, Jr., the fighting anti-Standard oil producer to a reporter, “Strange as it may seem, they began to produce petroleum more than 130 years before Colonel Drake sank his pioneer well in Pennsylvania, and yet the history of oil production is dated from Drake’s successful venture near Titusville. No one in this country ever heard of the ancient Alsatian oil field until 1880. In that year I was making a tour of investigation among the Russian and other alleged foreign oil countries and learned of the existence of the Le Bel territory. I was surprised to find that it was only fifty miles from Strasburg, and that a railroad ran within three miles of it to a place called Sultz-unter’m-Wald. I took a trip to the…

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