Petroleum, the town.

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The Gordon Hotel in Petroleum once served a busy oil and railroad town. It burned after 2001.

The foreground of this photo shows the North Bend Railtrail having replaced the B&O Railroad. The covered shelter is a part of the railtrail. In the background the large blue home was that of Dr. Douglas, the B&O and local doctor

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A broadside or poster seeking Hickory Hoop poles to make wooden barrels to transport oil! R.H. Rutherford & Co. of Petroleum. This would pre-date the use of oil tank cars or pipelines so it is quite early. Original in my collection. One of a small stack found in the rafter of the Nester store building in Petroleum when Jon Summer and I purchased the store in 1982.

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H.C. Nester shipping label, Petroleum WV. H.C. (Herb) Nester operated the store after his father and from 1946 to 1972. These were tags to ship items on the B&O Railroad, a common practice of the day.
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Nester’s and later Petroleum General Store.
This store was built in the town/ community of Petroleum and immediately adjacent to the B&O Railroad. This image is from a 1981 postcard created from an old photo, not from a postcard. Petroleum once had two large stores, this one and one nearly directly across the RR tracks on the west side.
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Circa 1910 real photo post card view of Petroleum . Gordon Hotel (three story on right), Church B&O depot in the foreground. All three of the mentioned structures are gone.
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