Barton and Todd

Bart Barton, a director of the McKean County Historical Society, and Suzan Todd, a volunteer at the society's Old Jail Museum, check out the working model of a standard oil rig that was usually 72 feet high and used to drill for oil into the 1940s. Also part of this display at the county fair is a vertical Triplex pump used to pressurize water for secondary recovery operations. The waterflood technology originated in the Bradford oil fields.

SMETHPORT — The McKean County Historical Society's Old Jail Museum and the Penn Brad Oil Museum have cooperated in creating the exhibit, "Early Oil Industry in McKean County," that will be open daily at the McKean County Fair, Aug. 13-18.

"We partnered with the Old Jail Museum on this project," said Sam Slocum, manager of the Penn Brad Oil Museum. "Representatives of the Old Jail Museum visited our facility and chose the items that could be included in the exhibit that is now displayed at the fair. Included in the display are oil field engines that were used to run rigs, pumps and powerhouses."

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