Burning Springs Complex

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Burning Springs Complex
Burning Springs Complex is located in West Virginia
Burning Springs Complex
Burning Springs Complex is located in the US
Burning Springs Complex
Location Along the N bank of the Kanawha River from the confluence of Burning Springs Run, Burning Springs, West Virginia
Coordinates 38°59′16″N 81°19′10″W / 38.98778°N 81.31944°W / 38.98778; -81.31944Coordinates: 38°59′16″N 81°19′10″W / 38.98778°N 81.31944°W / 38.98778; -81.31944
Area 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Built 1859
Architect Rathbone Bros.; Et al.
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Added to NRHP May 6, 1971

Burning Springs Complex, also known as the Rathbone and Karns Wells, is a national historic district located at Burning Springs, Wirt County, West Virginia. It encompasses one contributing building and three contributing sites. It was the site of the world's second great oil field, springing up only months after the Drake Well in Pennsylvania. During the American Civil War, it was destroyed by General William E. Jones on May 9, 1863.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Clifford M. Lewis, S.J. (August 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Burning Springs Complex" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-07-09.