National Geographic : 1935 Jul
A 43-FOOT FLASH OF MAN-MADE LIGHTNING Creating lightning has become a daily routine with engineers of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company in the high voltage labor atory at the Trafford City Works. Three million volts of electrical energy jump through space from one point to another in blinding brightness. The 60 cycle, million-volt flash, pictured, was maintained for several seconds. A real bolt from cloud to earth may be 200 times as great. Photograph by Edwin L.Wisherd "DRAKE'S FOLLY" LAUNCHED AMAMMOTH INDUSTRY At Titusville a bouldermarks the spot where aone-time railroad con ductor, Col. Edwin L. Drake, sank the first successful oil well inAugust, 1859. In the year following the discovery, anoilboom began which rivaled the gold rush in the daysof '49. From Drake's well only 40barrels of oil a day were pumped, yetinthe following year mushrooming shafts pro duced 500,000 (see text, page 37).