Emlenton Tour

Emlenton Borough, located along the Allegheny River at the southeastern comer of Venango County, wa

Emlenton Tour

Emlenton, Pennsylvania 16373, United States

Created By: Venango Tours

Tour Information

Emlenton was a quiet town when it was incorporated in January 1859; its few residents were mainly connected to the river through trad along the waterway. After Edwin Drake successfully struck oil near
Titusville (approximately 30 mil to the north) in August 1859 Emlenton changed dramatically. dramatically.
After 1859 prospectors and residents drilled oil wells in and near Emlenton with varying degree of success. Shortly thereafter, railroads traveled through Emlenton and the area grew rapidly, adding house, churches, and businesses. One of the new businesses was the Emlenton Refining Company. This was one of several companies consolidated to create the Quaker State Corporation in 1931. The refinery on the west end of Emlenton; it ceased operations in the late 20th Centurary. Today, Emlenton attracts outdoor recreation ethusiasts who hike and bike the Allegheny River Trail, float down the river, and fish in the Allegheny River as well.

Credit to Oil Region Alliance for the info from there brochure!


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What You'll See on the Tour

Education - A local priority Emphasis on quality education began in Emlenton in 1839. In 1928, successful industrialist Henry Jennings "H.J." Crawford donated the school building that was used into the 1990s. As the Crawford Center, this bu... Read more
H.J. Crawford not only contributed to Emlenton's economic growth, but his strong moral example and work ethic inspired generations. Walk downhill along 7th Street to Main Street and make a left to view the next panel in the window of Farmer... Read more
The bank was organized in 1900 and this building was constructed in 1904. More than 100 years later, the building continues to house the bank! Walk east along Main Street to the end of the block. 
Unlike some towns in Venango County, Emlenton was already established before the start of the oil boom in 1859. Cross 6th Street to find the next panel on the brick building's wall.
"Doc" Phillips' love for his fellow man is ongoing as reflected in medical services, health care, and the charitable trust he established. For more information, check out the Historical Marker Database.  Continue on Main Street to the blue... Read more
The Crawford family's profound influence on the natural gas industry established Emlenton as the "Little Town of Millionaires." The Emlenton Presbyterian Church was built in 1874 and remains active.  Continue straight, crossing the interse... Read more
Serving in the military and honoring veterans continue to be important Emlenton traditions.  Return to Main Street, then turn left (east) to reach the next panel, which is displayed in the window of the Progress News building. ...
Natural gas was also a significant industry in the region, especially in Emlenton.  Continue east on Main Street for approximately 750 feet. The next two panels are in an open grassy area.
Emlenton touted various businesses throughout its history.  Walk east to the end of the block, and then cross Main Street at the walkway.   
The Mill was a community landmark for more than 100 years.  Walk west (back towards downtown). The next panel is immediately before the gas station. 
Many shops once lined this block, which now features several businesses and building types.  Cross Kerr Avenue/5th Street. The next two panels are displayed in the Hickman Lumber building. 
Bennet's vision for Emlenton led to economic vitality and progressive education
Some of yesterday's railroads correspond with today's interstate system. Others became rail trails like the Allegheny Valley Railroad that is now the Allegheny River Trail.  Continue on Main Street to the end of the block  ...
A determined work ethic earned Emlentonians the luxury of fun and relaxation. Today, citizens enjoy the area's outdoor recreation opportunities and community festivals.  This concludes the walking portion of the tour ...
From its humble beginnings Emlenton's small refinery became the nucleus of the international company of Quaker State Motor Oil
Anyone could be an oil speculator, but knowledge of geology, financial stability, and a bit of luck could mean the difference between a boom and bust.  Return to Hill Street and travel east to 7th Street. Make a right on 7th Street, and th... Read more
The first hotels in Emlenton served people traveling along the Allegheny River, and later those connected to the oil industry. Today, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds cater to visitors enjoying the area's scenic views and outdoor recreati... Read more
Emlenton came into existence because of its key position on the Alleghany Riveer
From early industrial transportation to modem-day recreation, the Allegheny River has been an integral part of community life.   
From its early days as a trading center, Emlenton evolved with the oil and gas industries.  For a little extra information, check out Venango County PA roots.  This concludes your tour of historic Emlenton. Thank you for visiting! ...


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