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First Indiana Natural Gas Well

Location: South 1.5 miles on US 421, west side of road across from quarry entrance, Francesville. (Pulaski County, Indiana)

Erected 1988 by the Pulaski County Historical Society

ID# : 66.1988.1

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One mile southwest of this marker gas was discovered in 1867 by G. Bates while drilling for oil at a depth of 500 feet. Gas wells were drilled in 1887-1888; gas piped into Francesville lasted only four years.

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