A closeup of the plaque on the Haymaker Well's historical marker at the site of Murrysville's first natural gas well.
Murrysville Historical Preservation Society member Gladys Schafer, left, shares with MHPS President Carl Patty memories of her life at the current Haymaker Gas Well site on Norbratrol Street in South Murrysville. Ms. Schafer shared family pictures and accounts of "I remember" when her house sat to the front of the old well location. The plaque on the reproduction gas derrick at right reads: 'Troop 206 Eagle Project in honor of the first productive gas well in the United States.'
Directions: Take Carson Street in South Murrysville, cross over the railroad tracks, make right onto Norbotrol Street to Haymaker Well site on left.
The Murrysville Historic Preservation Society is working to have the gas well site designated as a National Historic Landmark, which, if approved, would formally establish the site's national significance in American history and culture.
The derrick representing the original Haymaker Well is prominently featured on the 'Welcome to Murrysville' sign on Route 22 East as well as on the many banner flags lining Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville.