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The Venango County courthouse
dates back to the 1868, several years
after the oil boom began in northwest
PA. The story goes that a competition
was held to see who could create the
best downtown parks, and Franklin
won out over Oil City. The animosity
that sometimes continues to this day
may have its roots in the epic city
park battle of the mid-nineteenth
A bronze Remington statue and
a Union soldier stand guard at
the old Franklin Armory, which
is now the Wild West Museum.
Below, member of the Venango
Co. VETS honor guard march
past the Armory during
Memorial Day ceremonies in '09.
A mansion along Oil City's West First St. has been completely renovated by a local
doctor, with numerous Greco-Roman statues, massive stonework and all the amenities.
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