The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 11 (1933) > Issues > Issue 2 > The Erection of Heavy Drums
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The Erection of Heavy Drums

WHEN the fist oil well was sunk by Col. Edwin L. Drake in 1859, the chief aim of the oil refiners from then until the late nineties, when the automobile made its appearance, was the production of paraffin or lamp oil, and all the by-products were surreptitiously emptied into any near-by creek or river, as being the easiest way of disposing of this residue, which was of no apparent use. George Noble

Author(s): Noble, George

Keywords: oil refineries;equipment;soaking drums;erecting