The Sistersville Ferry, established in 1817, still operates from the foot of a brick-paved landing at the river end of Catherine Street. An open steel-framed oil derrick dating from 1911, representative of countless derricks once found all around town, stands next to the landing. Named “Little Sister,” the 84-foot standard rig replaced an earlier wooden derrick. It struck oil-rich sand when it reached a depth of 1,481 feet and continued to produce into the 1960s.
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Ferry Landing and Oil Derrick
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