Col. Edwin Drake Memorial, Woodlawn Cemetery
892 W. Spring St.Built in 1901. Colonel Edwin L. Drake was the man who first successfully devised a way to drill for oil, thereby creating the foundation of an industry that built many of the towns in the Titusville region of Pennsylvania. Drake was a close associate of H.H. Rogers of Standard Oil Fame. Drake died a poor man in spite of having learned how to drill and Rogers donated $100,000 for the design and construction of this memorial in grateful recognition and remembrance of Drake's contribution to the oil industry.
Year Built: 1901
The cut stone monument to the "oil discoverer" has two Ionic columns framing a niche in which is a bronze statue of The Driller. On each side is a curving bench with a high back. The niche is flanked by two columns and a low wall containing six inscription panels that describe the accomplishments of Drake, founder of the petroleum industry. On the far left end of the wall is a relief of a shrouded female figure holding a wreath, and on the far right end of the wall is a relief of a shrouded female figure holding an urn.
Drake's body with that of his wife lie in a vault beneath a simple slab in front of the memorial.
The statue of “The Driller" was sculpted by Charles H. Niehaus and cast by J. Williams, Inc. of New York City.
• "A New England Architect and His Work," Oscar Fay Adams, New England Magazine, June, 1907 (illustration of the Drake Memorial). http://www.millicentlibrary.org/brigham.htm
• Picturing a Crude Past: Primitivism, Public Art and Corporate Oil Production in the United States, Ross Barrett, Journal of American Studies, Vol. 46, No. 2, Oil Cultures (May 2012), pp. 395-422.
• “Pennsylvania: A Guide to the Keystone State,” 1940.
• Quarterly Bulletin, American Institute of Architects, 1908.
• Titusville Herald, October 5, 1901, reporting on the unveiling of the monument.
• New York Times, March 2, 1901, editorial.
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"Driller" in Bronze, designed by Charles H. Niehaus