Indiana's First Oil Refinery (OG-03)
Natural gas and oil
discoveries in Ohio in 1884-85 and in Indiana in 1886 and 1889 began the
development and exploitation of the great Trenton Gas and Oil Field of
northwestern Ohio and east-central Indiana. Standard Oil Co., already a
power in the industry, organized the Buckeye Pipeline Co. of Ohio in 1886.
Buckeye built gathering lines and tank farms for storing most of the
areas crude oil. In 1886-87 it built the first midwestern refinery at t
Lima and an 8-inch pipeline to ship fuel oil to Chicago. In 1889-90,
Standard built a refinery at Whiting, Indiana. This area later became a
major refining center in the United States.
Our Hoosier State Beneath Us:
Oil and Gas