Thursday, December 22, 2022

Five Thousand Mysterious Ancient Oil Pits of "Sweet Crude" Titusville, Pennsylvania.


Five Thousand Mysterious Ancient Oil Pits of "Sweet Crude" Titusville, Pennsylvania. 

"Pennsylvania Sweet Crude", a golden olive colored oil was extracted from the ancient oil pits along oil creek. It was so pure that you could burn it in a lamp right out of the ground, much different than 'black crude' we are familiar with.  This was the land of the giants. Just one account of giant skeletons of many : Hundreds of Giants Discovered in a Pennsylvania Cave: Result of a Large Battle with Indians

History of Venango County, Pennsylvania 1890
   Again, the ancient oil pits reach far back of the historic period. They 
are found on Oil creek. These pits are very numerous and bear the mark
of antiquity. They are generally oblong in form, about four by six feet, and
from four to six feet in depth, notwithstanding the wear and tear of centuries
and the accumulation of extraneous matter. The deeper and larger ones have
been cribbed with timber at the sides to preserve their form. This crib-
bing was roughly done; the logs were split in halves, stripped of their bark,
and safely adjusted at the corners. The walls seem to have been so thou-
oughly saturated with oil as to be preserved almost entire to this day.

These pits are on the west side of Oil creek, about two miles below Titus-
ville, and in this county. They cover perhaps five hundred acres of land,
and there may be in all two thousand pits. In some cases, large trees grow
in the pits and on the septa that divide them, showing their antiquity.
Not far from the mouth of Oil creek there was another ancient discovery. 
In digging the tailrace for a sawmill there was brought to light what had
evidently been a deep shaft with its sides lined with timbers set in endwise
that still preserved the clear outlines of the shaft. All had been buried up
in the mud and soil that had accumulated over it and where its presence
might have remained unknown to the end of time, had it not been disturbed
by the movements of business and American enterprise. 

Only a few lamps have been discovered in the Ohio Valley. 5,000
 wood lined pits once dotted oil creek. This would hint that some of this oil was being exported.
Again, the question arises, by whom were these ancient works built? 
Certainly not by the Indians. They had no reason to collect oil on such a large
  scale. They never labored for any purpose, save on the hunt or the warpath. 
They could give no account of the work.  
    Besides, there is a growth of timber in these pits, and on the septa that divide
 them that shows that they antedate the era of the French, if not even the coming 
of Columbus. 
Pennsylvania Sweet Crude
   The Allegheny River has had several names. The Shawnese Indians 
called it Palawa-Thoriki; the Delawares named it Alligewi Sipu, after a
race of Indians which they believed had once dwelt upon the stream.
   If you break down the word "Alligewi, you get "Al" which meant height
 (as in altitude). "eg" was likely the King and God of the Biblical giant race. and 
"ewi" which is people. "The high place of Og." Would be the etymological root
 of Allegewi.
 (The Deleware legend is that the Allegewi were a race of giants)
This tribe were called Alleghans by Golden in the London edition of his work, and 
Lewis Evans, on his map published in 1755, calls the river the Alleghan.
The Senecas called it Ho-he-u, which name the French adopted, con-
necting it with the Ohio as the same stream.
   Where are 80% of the giants? Along the Allegan river and its tributaries, 
quit a coincidence.