Advent of Natural Gas in America|
manufactured gas had become generally accepted as a lighting source toward the
late 1800s, commercial uses were very limited.
gas was produced from a salt well in Charleston, West Virginia in 1815. It is
thought that the "burning spring" in West Virginia, which was in a natural
park dedicated by George Washington in 1775, may well have been natural gas.
first commercial discovery of natural gas was in 1821 in Fredonia, New York. By
1825, the hotel in Fredonia was said to use natural gas for cooking, which is
the first recorded commercial use of natural gas in the Unites States.
1840, John Griswell drilled a salt well near Centerville, Pennsylvania and struck
natural gas at 700 feet. By burning this gas under his evaporating pans at the
salt mine, Griswell marked the first use of natural gas for industrial purposes
in the United States.
first natural gas pipeline was constructed in 1870 out of wood and stretched 25
miles between West Bloomfield and Rochester, two New York cities. The first iron
pipeline was a two-inch line stretching 5.5 miles from the Newton Well to Titusville,
Pennsylvania in 1872.
was during the 1880s that companies began to spring up across the country for
the purpose of transporting gas.