Seneca Oil, historic marker

History along the Finger Lakes Trail

Seneca Oil, historic marker

Hinsdale, New York 14743, United States

Created By: Diane Lebo Wallace


"First petroleum discovered in the United States in 1627 one mile north and 1000 yards east."

The first discovery of oil in America occured here near Cuba, New York. The oil spring is located near the spillway end of Cuba Lake on the Oil Springs Reservation, Allegany County, New York.
This is the site of the famed spring described by the Franciscan Missionary Joseph De La Roche D'Allion in 1627, the first recorded mention of oil on the North American Continent.

In 1927, the New York State Oil Producers Association sponsored the dedication of a monument at the site describing the history of the oil industry in North America. The site is now under the supervision of the County of Allegany and a picnic area is available for those visiting there.

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This point of interest is part of the tour: History along the Finger Lakes Trail


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