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Venango County Historical Society

Atlas of the Oil Region

The Townships

PO Box 101    301 South Park Street    Franklin, Pennsylvania  16323

The Townships


The Atlas of the Oil Region of Pennsylvania was published in 1865 by F.W. Beers, A.D. Ellis and G.G. Soule.  The detailed maps of each of the townships in Venango County show individual properties, inset maps of the larger towns and villages and the locations of each of the many petroleum-based companies that were created after the well drilled by Colonel Edwin L. Drake provided an economic means of removing oil from the ground.


All of the townships that existed at the time of the Oil Boom are included here.  The two exceptions are Mineral and Victory Townships, formed later from parts of Frenchcreek and Sandycreek Townships.  For brief histories of Mineral and Victory Townships and a description of the Donation Lands, please click here.

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