This one was in Oil Springs, Canada, right across the border. Pam and I decided to take a different route over to the Petrolia area (which is near Oil Springs) and we took the little ferry across.
We took this route on our 220 mile day trip
B: Border Crossing Ferry at Algonac, Michigan to Walpole Island, Ontario, Canada
C: Museum at Oil Springs, Canada
D: Petrolia, Canada
E: Border Crossing at Port Huron, Michigan
Just before we boarded the ferry at Algonac (B on map) we stopped at an empty restaurant with a little grass lawn on the shore of Lake St. Clair. We had a picnic lunch and enjoyed the beautiful and cool day.
Oil Springs Museum brings to life one unbelievable fact:
Oil in the North America was discovered first here, at this location in 1858.
I was blown away by this. Did you know it all started here?
The entrance to the grounds shows a number of outdoor displays and this first commercial oil well. Owner James Miller Williams dug a hole 6 feet by 8 feet. At 14 feet down, oil began seeping into the hole. He put a pump over the hole and this 3 pole derrick to lift heavy tools and equipment.
In the latter part of the 19th century, Canada exported oil drilling expertise all over the world. Canadians were drilling in Peru, Malaysia, Saudia Arabia and Europe and elsewhere. Technology export and oil workers from Canada spanned the globe beginning in 1873.
The Oil Springs blacksmiths made all the tools and bits for drilling there. They also made wheel rims for the wagons, barrels and shoes for the horses that hauled the oil to railheads in nearby London (Canada) and Sarnia.
From the museum, we went to Petrolia (D on map above), then to the bridge and Port Huron. We stopped at the Vistor's Center for some information on the new HST tax in Canada. The national tax goes up from 5% to 13% on July 1. I don't know anyone who is very happy about that. We will be paying that tax for our campsites in Canada in the next 5 weeks.
Then the worst part of the day. The looong wait on the at the border getting backing into the USA.
We arrived home in the early evening and had dinner along the way. Atferwards, we spent some time with our friends Roger and Joyce. They are leaving today for Hillman Michigan to see Howard and Linda and some other RV-Dreamers.
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