Parkersburg? 1865. Printed Broadside, 7-3/4" x 11". Old folds, Very Good.
This is an early report on the development of the petroleum industry in West Virginia. Professor Ward reports on the mineral resources of lands which Mr. Day purchased in Cabell County, "Western Virginia." Although navigable waters, salt, coal, and iron have been found in abundance, "The value of your lands as OIL TERRITORY, is doubtless infinitely above all other considerations. Its situation geographically and geologically, is such, as to warrant sanguine expectations as to the existence of Oil under all parts of it." Ward describes the "Oil belt" which graces Davy's land, and assures him, "There is little territory in Western Virginia, as yet undeveloped, which holds out inducements for finding Oil, equal to the value which you own on the Guyandotte."
Not located on OCLC as of August 2017. Item #34056