gas boom

The poor understanding of oil and gas wells at the time led to the loss of an estimated 90 percent of the natural gas by venting into the atmosphere or by widespread misuse. By 1902 the yield from the fields began to decline, leading to a switch to alternative forms of energy. 

If it weren’t for the gas that was found near the Wildcat, it is unlikely that manufacturing would have become such an huge part of the local economy.

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