Introduction to Titusville, Pennsylvania
Titusville, Pennsylvania, in Crawford county, is 40 miles SE of Erie, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 83 miles N of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As of the 2000 census, 6,146 people lived in Titusville.
Jonathan Titus was the first settler to arrive in 1796. He was followed by others, and the community grew around Titus' dwelling. He named the village "Edinburg", but over the years, the settlers came to refer to it as "Titusville". It was officially incorporated as a borough in 1847. There were a large number of saw mills in the region, and lumber was Titusville's principal industry in the early 1800s. Petroleum was discovered in the 1850s, and on August 27, 1859, the first commercially successful oil well was drilled near Titusville by the Seneca Oil Company's representative, Col. Edwin L. Drake. Jonathan Watson, a native of Titusville, became the first oil millionaire. The growth of refineries and other oil-related businesses in the area led to a population explosion, and Titusville was reincorporated as a city in 1866.
Titusville and Nearby Attractions
- National McKinley Birthplace Memorial
- Drake Well Museum
- Cook Forest State Park
- Oil Creek State Park
- Erie Zoo
- Waldameer Park & Water World
Things To Do In Titusville
Drake Well Museum, which is located in Titusville, marks the place where Col. Edwin L. Drake drilled the world's first oil well in 1859. Among the other historic sites and museums nearby are the Union City Area Historical Museum, and National McKinley Birthplace Memorial. The city is also very close to the Oil Creek State Park. This 7,075-acre park, which preserves the history of the oil boom in Pennsylvania, also features amenities for the enjoyment of activities like hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. Maurice K. Goddard State Park, Waldameer Park & Water World, Erie Zoo, and Cook Forest State Park are some of the other popular destinations in the area.
Erie International Airport is nearby.
Titusville Higher Education
Titusville is home to the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville. Clarion University of Pennsylvania - Venango Campus, and DeSales University are located close by.