When the Marquis de Lafayette came to Fredonia in 1825, he found
the village illuminated by natural gas--the first such community in
the world. While most Americans relied on candles for illumination,
early settlers near Fredonia noticed bubbles that could be lighted
rising from the bed of the Canadaway Creek and developed technology
to collect enough to light the village. Another man, Dr. Francis
Brewer, realized that the thick black substance could be converted
to lamp oil, and it was suggested that if enough could be found, it
could provide an inexpensive way to light the world. Join local
author Douglas Houck as he tells the story of the first commercial
developments of natural gas and petroleum products in the
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