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Early View of Main Street-Richburg; Notice the wooden oil rig... Above Post Card available in a set of notecards produced & may be purchased from B.R.A.G. Historical Society in ...(more)

Richburg Oildays c1890

Richburg Oil Days c.1890 Used with permission from Town of Wirt Museum

Richburg oil derricks ca.1880

Richburg oil derricks, 1880. Photo from Ford Easton.


c.1882 Richburg, Town of Wirt MoneySaver Picture; Submitted by Sidney & Sandra Cleveland from archives of Emma Lou King, former Alma Town Historian.


Richburg View c.1926 Post Card from Don Adams Collection


From Buffalo Express - June 30, 1895 "Richburg of Today."--"Waiting for Something to Turn Up".


Richburg during Oil Craze c.1887 Printed in 1935 Diamond Jubilee Edition of Olean Times Herald

RichburgOilCraze2 ca.1887

(From Olean Times Herald Special Edition: “Olean Sesqui-Centennial 1804-1954” published 8/14/1954) RICHBURG DURING OIL CRAZE. Allegany County was dotted with oil derricks during ...(more)

RichburgPhoto DickPalmer

View of Main Sreet - Richburg - Unknown Year Original Postcard owned and shared by Richard Palmer of Syracuse, NY

Statue of Liberty

The following was received from Gary Herne, native of Bolivar/Richburg area and resident of Michigan..... "There is a new addition in Wirt! A model of the old histo...(more)


Richburg "Discovery Well" (1) Photo by Robert Christman 2001


Richburg Discover Well (2) Monument Photo by Robert Christman


Discovery Well Plaque "Site of the First Producing Well in the Richburg Oil field Completed April 27, 1881 by the Richburg Oil Company at a depth of 1231 1/4 feet. Well site gr...(more)

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