The Oil Region is an unofficial region in the western part of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania that encompasses the land in and around the Oil Creek valley.[1] It is so named because it includes the first oil fields discovered in the United States (see History of the petroleum industry in the United States).

The Drake Well Museum[2][3] and Oil Creek State Park are located in this region, and it is encompassed by the Oil Region National Heritage Area.[4]


  1. ^ Shaw, L. C.; W. F. Busch (June 1984). Pennsylvania Gazetteer of Streams, Part II. Water Resources Bulletin. Vol. 16. Prepared in Cooperation with the United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Department of Forest and Waters. p. 270.
  2. ^ ""Drake Well"". Friends of Drake Well, Inc. and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania Trail of History". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  4. ^ "Oil Region National Heritage Area (U.S. National Park Service)".

Coordinates: 41°37′52″N 79°45′43″W / 41.631°N 79.762°W / 41.631; -79.762