[Oil City, in Oildom]The Illustrated London News, vol. 47, no. 1344, p. 518.
November 25, 1865
Oil City, in Oildom, as the oil regions in the United States are called, in 1860 had 300 inhabitants; it has now 10,000. Twenty steamers and 500 flats and barges ply to and from the city. Its produce this year will be 60,000 barrels of oil. The capital invested is 10,000,000 dols. A famous Seneca chief claims the ownership of the ground on which two suburbs of Oil City have been built.