Along Indian Creek, in Tyler County, WV, a well was spud in August, 1894 on the “Moses” Spencer farm. In September the well blew out and gas flowed uncontrollably for over a year. Estimated flow rates were over 100 MMCFGD. The derrick burned to the ground when struck by lightning the following June, as did a second rig the following month.
Note the caption on the cabinet photo: “The Big Moses Gasser of Indian Creek. April 8, 1895. The Largest in the World. Orders filled by mail by B.F. Rollins, Art., Alma W.Va. Price 40 c.”
See: McKain, David, L. and Bernard L. Allen, 1994, Where it all began, published by David McKain, Parkersburg, WV. Page 154-156 contains a portion of a diary belonging to one of the Big Moses drillers.