Pipeline – 138 Years Ago

Today in pipeline history

February 22, 1879

On the pipeline – 138 years ago the first sections of the Tidewater pipeline were laid.

The first 34 sections of pipe were laid of what would was possibly the first crude oil trunk line, Tidewater. Completed in fewer than 90 days, it was 110 miles in length, stretching from Corryville, Pennsylvania, to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. “The Tidewater Pipeline revolutionized oil transmission and distribution by allowing producers to stabilize cost fluctuations in transportation and to undermine Standard Oil’s monopoly of the railways.

Hauling pipe for the pipeline

Hauling pipe through the snow to build the Tidewater trunk line.


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