Natural Gas – 100 Years Ago Today, July 7, 1923
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
Natural gas news from a hundred years ago offers great perspective for discussing one of the cleanest sources of energy available then and still today.
It’s fun and illuminating to look back 100 years ago at what was happening with natural gas. It is eye opening, given all we’ve learned over the last century. There is, indeed, little new under the sun, as our stories repeatedly demonstrate.
There is, indeed, little new under the sun, as our stories repeatedly demonstrate. Natural Gas – 100 Years Ago Today, July 7, 1923. Read our 100-year old news items with advice for home builders and reports of leasing in Ohio, miles and miles of pipeline, plentiful gas flows and a pipeline empire.
Two or Three Fireplaces for the Price of One!
The Radiantfire natural gas fireplace was still getting a lot of attention in July, 2023.
It got used 10 times as much as any other fireplace, too!
Ohio Was A Natural Gas Capital Before the Utica Shale Was A Thing
Ohio is now known for its Utica Shale natural gas, but a century ago there also was a leasing bonanza.
There are only a handful of natural gas wells in Huron County today, but Eastern Ohio produces very large volumes, as the following map indicates:
Does Huron County have a natural gas future? It’s unclear but times were exciting in 1923.
Hundreds of Miles of Welded Pipeline
Note how the Linde Gas company, which is still very active today, was involved in development of our critical pipeline infrastructure:
Those welders were and still are American heroes!
The Peculiar Perversity of Natural Gas?
Well, that’s what the story says…
Newspapers of yesteryear were so much more colorful back then, weren’t they?
A Pipeline Empire!
This is one the oldest pipeline maps I’ve seen:
07 Jul 1923, Sat The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kansas) Newspapers.comCLICK IMAGE TO ENABLE ENLARGEMENT
And, this Empire brought natural gas to over a million people!