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Gib Morgan’s tall tales lead to Paul Bunyan (2 of 2)

(continued from yesterday…) Gib Morgan never wrote down his tall tales before he died. But in the hands of two early 20th century men, working independently of each other, and with different motives, the real life of Gilbert Morgan of Callensburg, PA, created Gib Morgan, the myth. Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio oil field workers […]


Gib Morgan’s tall tales (1 of 2)

Sistersville, WV mushroomed into a boom town overnight with the discovery of oil there in 1891. The rural village of 300 people suddenly had to house 15,000 souls from the massive influx of oil men, drillers, leasers, speculators, camp followers, floaters, wild-catters, and hangers-on. By the end of 1892 164 wells and 55 drilling stages […]

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