March 28, 1886 – Indiana Natural Gas Boom begins
A natural gas boom comes to Portland, Indiana, when the Eureka Gas and Oil Company finds gas at 700 feet. For a time, the state becomes the world’s leading natural gas producer.
The discovery comes just two months after a spectacular natural gas well about 100 miles to the northeast – the Great Karg Well of Findlay, Ohio. “Natural gas had previously been found in large quantities in western Pennsylvania and had revolutionized the iron, steel, and glass industries of Pittsburgh, as industrialists adapted their factories to use the natural gas in place of the more expensive coal,” notes historian James Glass of Ball State University. Read the rest of this entry »