Pioneer Oil Museum of New York

Pioneer Oil Museum of New York The Pioneer Oil Museum is located in what used to be the McEwen Brothers Oilfield Supply Store, in the heart of the old "Allegany Oil Field".
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Operating as usual

The local oil and gas industry lost another contributor with the passing of Dean Phillips.  He was a friend of the museu...
09/29/2020

The local oil and gas industry lost another contributor with the passing of Dean Phillips. He was a friend of the museum with a unique connection to Mike Schaffner.

State & Union: Pioneer Oil Museum 're-dedicates' historic site
09/16/2020
State & Union: Pioneer Oil Museum 're-dedicates' historic site

State & Union: Pioneer Oil Museum 're-dedicates' historic site

The Pioneer Oil Museum of New York, located in Bolivar, recently celebrated the “re-dedication” of the Triangle No. 1 monument and its associated New York state historic marker.

Here are some other photos from last week's "re-dedication" of the monument and NYS historic marker at the Triangle #1 s...
09/15/2020

Here are some other photos from last week's "re-dedication" of the monument and NYS historic marker at the Triangle #1 site.

The Museum is proud to announce the restoration and improvement of the Triangle #1 monument and the New York State Histo...
09/15/2020
Honoring oilman O.P Taylor - Wellsville Daily Reporter

The Museum is proud to announce the restoration and improvement of the Triangle #1 monument and the New York State Historic Marker located outside of Allentown, NY on Bill Allen Hill Road. Take a nice fall drive and check out the site!

SCIO — One may think that the boulder located in the hamlet of Petrolia marks the site of the first oil well in the county. It does not.

09/06/2020
Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism

Now we visit the Joyce Exhibit Building where you will see a variety of items including several oilfield engines, the Lanny Wesche Railroad and Miniatures exhibit, and our collection of the Rumsey engines. Wow! This building is loaded with interesting items to view.

09/06/2020
Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism

In this video you will learn about the replicated nitroglycerin factory from the late 1800's-early 1900's. While you won't be able to get inside during this video, visit us sometime to see how nitro is made and learn about some of the early pioneers in this process.

08/30/2020
Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism

We saw a lot already, but there's so much more to see that we need to wait until next week to visit the exhibit buildings at the Hahn & Schaffner site. Wonder what we'll find in the Shaner Exhibit Building, the Joyce Exhibit Building, and the Bucher Exhibit Building housing the replica nitroglycerin factory.

Due to the COVID19 issue the museum is not currently open but if request, a tour might be possible.

08/30/2020
Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism

It's part one of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce's tour of the museum. You'll see the first few videos tonight and conclude next week with tours of exhibit buildings at the Hahn & Schaffner site. A great big thank you to the county for doing this, and we hope everyone enjoys the tour.

Jim was a big supporter of the local oil and gas industry.  He loved the Pioneer Oil Museum and was proud of our accompl...
08/28/2020
James Euken 1946 - 2020 - Obituary

Jim was a big supporter of the local oil and gas industry. He loved the Pioneer Oil Museum and was proud of our accomplishments. He was a wonderful man who will be missed.

View James Euken's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

The Bolivar community and local oil industry lost another "old-timer" who spent much of his life working in the local fi...
08/28/2020
Willett Burdick 1926 - 2020 - Obituary

The Bolivar community and local oil industry lost another "old-timer" who spent much of his life working in the local fields. Will was a great man and the ultimate gentleman. RIP, Will!!

View Willett Burdick's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

08/25/2020
Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism

We're looking forward to Sunday's article about the museum and what it has to offer to the public. Hope everyone tunes in to see what's happening there.

Another of our 25 Must Do items for your staycation. See you Sunday!

It's time for back-to-school shopping.  Lots of people are doing this shopping on-line at Amazon.  Why not help out the ...
08/17/2020
Support Pioneer Oil Museum of New York Inc by shopping at AmazonSmile.

It's time for back-to-school shopping. Lots of people are doing this shopping on-line at Amazon. Why not help out the museum at the same time? It's easy to do - go to the smile.amazon link and sign up to support the museum. It costs nothing to you; these funds are provided solely by Amazon. Thanks for your continued support.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Pioneer Oil Museum of New York Inc. Support us every time you shop.

07/22/2020
Starting a Franklin & Morse engine

This 18HP Fairbanks-Morse engine, donated by Joe Bucher and refurbished by Denny Griesbaum of Bradford, came back to life on a recent sultry evening. This engine ran for over 30 years powering a lease on King's Run in Ceres. Thanks to the crew of Dave Collins, Dave Root, Alex Cole, Randy White, and Joe Bucher for getting this running.

The Museum would like to thank everyone who has supported us during these difficult times.  We greatly appreciate your d...
07/03/2020

The Museum would like to thank everyone who has supported us during these difficult times. We greatly appreciate your donations.

05/08/2020
03/26/2020
Pioneer Oil Days

Pioneer Oil Days

The Bolivar Lions Club is sad to announce we will be canceling Pioneer Oil Days this year. This decision was not made lightly but we believe this is the best course to take for our community this year. With so much uncertainty related to our health, our economy, and our ability to gather together as a community, this was the only course to take. Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, participants, and community members for all of your support in previous years. Pioneer Oil Days will be back next year and we hope to see you all there!

Bolivar's Michael Schaffner and his in-laws hit it big on national TV.  His father-in-law built the MASH-like signs on d...
03/24/2020
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Bolivar's Michael Schaffner and his in-laws hit it big on national TV. His father-in-law built the MASH-like signs on display at the Hahn & Schaffner site of the Pioneer Oil Museum. Congratulations to Mike, his wife Meg, and the entire Brown family.

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The next time that you see an incredible bronze sculpture just think that the oil from out region could have played a ro...
02/18/2020

The next time that you see an incredible bronze sculpture just think that the oil from out region could have played a role in its creation.

Treat your valentine right!
02/13/2020

Treat your valentine right!

12/26/2019
Mobil 1

Did you know that Mobil has its roots right here in NY?

Starting out as the Vacuum Oil Company in Rochester, the company moved to Olean NY in 1890. The Mobilgas and Mobiloil trademarks came along in 1899.

Visit the Pioneer Oil Museum for this and other local history that helped change the world.

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‘Tis the season for a full synthetic oil change? More than 1 million Porsche engines trust Mobil 1™ motor oil. Shouldn’t you?

Today's Olean Times Herald has a nice article about the grant that we received from the Allegany County Area Foundation ...
12/16/2019

Today's Olean Times Herald has a nice article about the grant that we received from the Allegany County Area Foundation to help pay for the fantastic new timeline that was installed last June. Many thanks to the ACAF for its support!

When you shop today on Cyber Monday, or when you shop during the rest of the Christmas season, please remember that you ...
12/02/2019
Support Pioneer Oil Museum of New York Inc by shopping at AmazonSmile.

When you shop today on Cyber Monday, or when you shop during the rest of the Christmas season, please remember that you can help support the museum simply by using Amazon Smile. It's the same thing as shopping with Amazon, but it provides monetary donations to the museum. Just click the link below, select Pioneer Oil Museum as your charity, and begin to shop. In the future, just go to AmazonSmile and shop; it's as easy at that. Thank you for your support.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Pioneer Oil Museum of New York Inc. Support us every time you shop.

If you’re watching the parade today you may have just seen a local, the Sinclair dinosaur!  When Sinclair was looking fo...
11/28/2019

If you’re watching the parade today you may have just seen a local, the Sinclair dinosaur!

When Sinclair was looking for a way to market their Wellsville made Pennsylvania Grade (NY pumped) Opaline Oil they created the famous Sinclair Dinosaur just for those Wellsville made products. It later became the logo for the entire company.

The Seneca Oil Spring just west of Cuba Lake - a July visit in  2016
11/22/2019

The Seneca Oil Spring just west of Cuba Lake - a July visit in 2016

The Seneca Oil Spring just west of Cuba Lake - a July visit in 2016

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Pioneer Oil Museum

The Pioneer Oil Museum, begun in Bolivar, New York in 1965, is a repository for artifacts used in the oil businesses found throughout Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties in southwestern New York State. Included in this collection are early drilling tools and oilfield service tools, as well as antique oilfield engines, model rigs, and other oddities. A comprehensive array of photographs complements the collection, which dates from the 1870’s to the present.

This region was where Europeans first sighted oil on the American continent. In 1627, a group of local Indians led French missionary Joseph De La Roche D'Allion to Seneca Oil Spring in nearby Cuba, New York. His writings were the first recorded mention of oil in North America. Also some 100 miles to the south is Titusville, Pennsylvania, the site of the nation’s first major oil discovery.

A significant amount of the Museum’s focus is dedicated to the “Oil Boom” which hit Bolivar and neighboring Richburg on April 27, 1881, transforming this pastoral valley of some 450 contented people into a boomtown of more than 10,000 people in a matter of just a few weeks. Photos and other displays highlight this event, which was to forever change the complexion of this valley.

The Museum, housed in a building constructed in 1851 and eventually becoming McEwan Brothers Oilfield Supply store, is located in downtown Bolivar in the heart of the “Allegany Oil Field.” These nearby oilfields are the northernmost extension of the nation’s oldest oil-producing region: northwestern Pennsylvania. For over a century the “Penn Grade” fields of Appalachia have been the source of the world’s finest lubricating oils. The Museum’s goal is to save and continue the legacy of the local petroleum industry, as well as remember those men and women who were (and still are) the backbone of this amazing history.

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