Where are we today ?
Today is supposed to be mostly cloudy and rainy this afternoon and this evening. So this morning we decided to take the 45 minute drive to Oil Springs Ontario and check out the Oil Museum of Canada . This is a historic site where James Miller Williams dug North America's first commercial oil well in 1858. The birthplace of the modern oil industry.
We hopped in the car at 10:30 with Rob and Pat for a nice country drive about 45 minutes. Sorry about all the pictures but this is only about 1/3 of what I took today. And we had such a fun day.
|Pat, Suzie and Me|
|model of a local Shell oil refinery|
Now over an hour inside watching the video checking the the displays. It was lunch time and we had not even began outside and the driving tour. So we took a break and headed to the Black Creek Golf and Country club for a quick bite to eat.
|Black Creek Golf course|
Our choices today was to have breakfast for lunch, a nice treat for a change, quick easy, tasty and inexpensive.
|Bacon, eggs and fried potatoes|
Now we are fortified back to the museum to resume our tour. The outside displays were done very well and the walkabout the nicley landscaped grounds just enjoying the lovely summer day, with a bit of a cloud coverage so not too hot and sunny.
Below is a few pictures of the Jerker Line system still in operation developed in 1862 by John Henry Fairbank , this system was so successful it was spread to worldwide. It could operate as many as 90 wells from one steam boiler.
|jerker power house|
|jerker power house|
|modern oil refinery|
|Model of oil rig from Lake Erie|
|old rail line|
After touring the grounds we hopped in the car for the Oil Springs Heritage Driving tour with 9 stops and displays with 9 different Radio stations to tune into for the audio part very interesting.
|Imperial oil Receiving Station|
|The James Rig|
|The Shaw Gusher 1862|
|Fairbank Oil Properties|
Ok ,we had a fun time learning and experiencing some Canadian History, time to head back home. Happy hour, then still not raining so let's have a campfire. We're not too hungry for supper but with the campfire I brought out our trusty Grill-A-Dog an amazing hot dog griller, that I have had it for close to 40 years, made locally in Kitchener Ontario. Made a few plain ones then some with peanut butter, oh so yummy!
|ready to go with peanut butter|
|into the fire|
|tasty finished product|
Grill-a-Dogs for supper, then some tasty, sticky s'mores with peanuts butter cups for desert, Suzie is kinda hooked on these tasty, sweet treats.
With our fire going in the square before we know it a few more campers came to join in the fellowship and tell more stories. Campfires are always great for summer time gatherings.
We kept going until almost 10 pm when it finally began to sprinkle, everybody packed up and headed home just in time. Then skies opened up with a down pour that lasted pretty well all night. Love sleeping in our Rv with the sound of rain in the roof.
Thats it for the day , thanks for coming along to the Oil Museum of Canada with us, hope you had a great day too.
Check out the map below to see where we have been this summerView Summer 2012 in a larger map