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Oil Fire Devastates Coon Run. Headed for 1000 Pounds of Nitro!

Persuasive Essay Topics on Oil Fire Danger In Coon Run. 1000 of Nitroglycerin!
By Norman Morrison


Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday: Oil Fire Devastates Coon Run. Headed for 1000 Pounds of Nitro!

Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday is living proof that there really is nothing new under the sun. So you think the current oil crisis in the Gulf Of Mexico is bad? You better be glad you aren't in the middle of the Northern Pennsylvania Oil Inferno and Sea of Fire! Can even the smallest part of Coon Run be saved? Will the fire reach the stockpile of Nitro? Let's hover safely overhead in our air conditioned time machine and find out!


The World of the Now

In May of 2010 an oil rig blew apart in the Gulf of Mexico releasing an underwater volcano of gushing oil, causing an oil spill, or maybe it's an oil gush of historic proportions. One of the early methods used in trying to disperse the growing black gold and crude menace was to set it alight. However, wise federal gubment environmentalists put a stop to it, wisely noting that burning water causes smoke which will increase global warming, which is far worse than the oil itself devastating fisheries and wetlands when it arrives ashore later. Oil fires are nothing news, however, and history proves that while exciting and bad at the time, the earth does recover... Witness the breathless description of the impending doom of Coon Run, Pennsylvania! It looked like the whole world was a goner...


The World of the Then

Historical material from the most decidedly short lived St. Paul Daily Globe, which is rewritten here, while keeping the pure essence of the article. June 4, 1895. Up to the day telephone reports. Staff Writer.


Reports Are Meager,, and Full Extent of Damage Cannot Be Recorded.


Everything between Iron Run and this city is burned, including all rigs and tanks of the Elk Oil company station and Standard pump station. Fire has crossed the railroad north of Russell and is sweeping everything before it with a strong wind from the West. If the wind don't change Russell City will be wiped out before morning.

BRADFORD, Pa., June 3

The woods about Ormsby are on fire and a number of oil rigs have been destroyed. All communication has been
cut off. Fires are also reported along the New York, Lake Erie & Western railroad as far as Allegheny, N. Y.
On the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburg road, at Dent, the property of the Emery Oil company is threatened.
Oil rigs all through that section have been burned, as well as millions of feet of standing timber. The most fear is felt at Rutherford Run, where 1,000 pounds of nitro-glycerine is stored. Coon Run, a small settlement ten miles south of here in the heart of the oil fields, has been wiped off the face of the earth by the flames.

People had to flee for their lives, and great excitement prevailed. The fire came so suddenly that many women and children were panic-stricken and became unable to move, and had to be carried to places of safety in the clearings. Passengers who arrived here to night over the Pittsburg & Western road say the woods for ten miles in the oil field is a roaring mass of flames.

Conductor Tanks says the people on the oil leases are fleeing for safety, but the fire spread so quickly that he can not see .how all of them could have been saved. So far as reported only several are missing. Telephone messages state that fire is raging in the oil field near here, and GREAT DAMAGE has been done.

At the state line on the Western New York & Pennsylvania railroad, seven dwellings, together with their contents and a large amount of lumber, have been consumed. A lumber camp, composed of seven dwellings, at Oil Valley Junction was destroyed, together with thousands of dollars' worth of lumber. The fire may now be said to extend over the entire northern oil field of Pennsylvania. It is impossible as yet to give any computation of the damage, or the number of deaths on account of the great scope of country which the fire covers.

A telephone message at 9:45 o'clock, via Olean, N. V., from Knapps Creek, says the leases of Messrs. Burns, Russell and Curtis have | been fire swept, and fifty rigs are destroyed. Several dwelling houses have burned, and should any wind arise during the night it will likely carry the flames to Knapps Creek and destroy the town. Knapps Creek is located midway on the mountain between Bradford and Olean, on the W. N. Y. & P. railway, and has a population of 1,000..


A special to the Press from Bradford says: Forest fires are again raging in McKean and Elk counties, and it is estimated that the loss will reach into the millions. The extreme warm weather has made the forests as dry as tinder, and a spark from a locomotive set fire to the woods. At Hunter's Run, seventeen miles southwest of Kane, 200 men were engaged all Saturday and Sunday fighting flames. Much property is in danger. The Midland Oil company lost five rigs, two tanks, two boiler houses and considerable lumber; J. K. Campbell 5,000 feet of hemlock lumber, and Robert Brown a large number of logs. At West Line, a few miles from Kushqua and the terminus of the Mount Jewett , Kizea & Ritterville railroad, a fire broke out Saturday afternoon.: A force of men fought its advances all night with considerable success, but a brisk wind gave energy to the mouldering embers and caused them to start again with REDOUBLED FURY.

The course of the destructive conflagration was in the direction of Tallyho. A large house, owned and occupied by Sydney Hathaway, together with considerable of the contents, were consumed. Elisha K. Kane lost several thousand feet of logs. A Buffalo firm is also said to be a heavy loser. B. F. Hazelton lost a small skidway of logs and several hundred cords of wood at Hazlehurst. At a late hour tonight the fire was reported under control. At Sugar Run, Hammond and Andrews lost several hundred feet of logs. At Ormsby the forests are on fire. At Dent, and at McAm-
bley's, the woods are burning. At the latter place scarcely anything is left to be devoured except a few houses.
The East Hill at Load Hollow is a mountain of fire. Capt. Jones has lost one or two rigs and more property is in danger.

Here at Persuasive Essay Topics of of Today and Yesterday we're ferociously excited to bring you the serious news of the day. The story we have been following by mail and telephone is that of the oil fire devastation in Coon Run. If the nitro blows, you'll be the first to know. We do appreciate your attention in these trying times, but we thank the Almighty for the telephone and mail.

Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday is written by the dynamic team of Norm and Vicky Morrison, miners of great stories from the past for the world of tomorrow. Their latest works include a poignant website about the massively popular travel stuff. It's a tear jerker and should not be missed! This is on the heels of their world famous and award winning Fluke 87 website!

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