Title: Annals of southwestern Pennsylvania, by Lewis Clark Walkinshaw ... Vol. 1. Author: Walkinshaw, Lewis Clark.
pg. 304 Under Enlarging Business “An exciting time was had in August, 1919, when the McKeesport gas pool was located, and it proved one of the oddest finds in history.The field was on the edge of the Murraysville Anti-clinal, and a big (pg. 305) pocket of gas was found in the Speechley sand at two thousand nine hundred and thirty-nine feet.The original well cost its owners about seven thousand dollars, and nettled its owners perhaps a million dollars.The exciting time caused the organization of two hundred and ninety-seven gas companies, and two hundred and thirty-eight wells were located in the McKeesport community.Great sums of money were invested, and much real estate changed hands, and the exciting times departed as quickly as they came, after the gas pocket had been emptied.”