Oil Springs Museum Display

By Barrett Nicpon; posted July 6, 2005

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I first heard about this place about a year ago, when a friend's geography class went on a field trip there to learn about the oil-rich nature of the area. This is a Canadian Government certified heritage site in Oil Springs, Ontario, where a museum has been set up to commemorate the first oil "gusher" in Canada. Actually, that might even be North America... I can't quite remember. Suffice to say, I was concentrating more on the insulators.

This was the first thing my dad and I spotted when we walked up to the train station part of the museum. It's a pole which ran a pair of openwire copper lines to the restored train station next to it. The pole had on it all manner of impressive and colourful glass - though not all particularly accurate in geographical terms.

Among the items on the pole were a royal purple STANDARD CD 143 (I think), a light purple CAN PAC, a red amber DOMINION - 42, a few unembossed Canadian 145s, one pink, one straw, one peach. A couple G.N.W. CD 145s, a couple olive green B CD 145s, and a good general variety of CD 143s. It was hard to place my finger on exactly what was there, as there was a lot to absorb. One of the CD 143s looked like a prismic embossing C.N.R. in yellow green, though. Talk about colour!

I'd say this one can only be outdone by the Smithsonian, or that school house museum where the CD 111 was found.