Welcome to Oil City, PA
A Greeting from the Mayor:
As the mayor of Oil City, I am pleased to welcome you to our website! Please take time to look at us and discover the great services and opportunities that Oil City provides. Don't forget to click on the links for the various city departments and initiatives to find even more information about this great city.
First settled in 1803 and chartered as a city in 1871, Oil City is a remarkable place with a rich heritage based upon the beginnings and growth of the oil industry. Oil City has an amazing cultural and diverse ethnic heritage, which is demonstrated by our many stately churches and beautiful architecturally significant buildings, including an original Carnegie Library, the first oil exchange building, and the National Transit Building, as well as a number of beautifully maintained Victorian homes.
Several parks and playgrounds await you including Hasson Park which contains a rare collection of rhododendrons, a public swimming pool, skateboard park, disk-golf course, and a number of ball fields. Recreational activities abound with access to the Allegheny River and Oil Creek for fishing, kayaking or other water sports. The Erie-to-Pittsburgh Bike Trail runs through our downtown and provides great exercise and entertainment for an afternoon ride, day trip, or a great stop over spot for multi-day bicycle trips.
While staying with us, make sure you check out our thriving artists community located in the National Transit Building. Since its inception, 28 artists have relocated to Oil City taking advantage of the incentives provided by the ARTS Oil City Program. Other artistic activities include a strong independent music scene, galleries, concerts, and festivals throughout the year. There is always something to do in Oil City!
Situated conveniently between Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Erie, Oil City is close enough to connect to major cities but far enough to enjoy a relaxed, high quality of life to raise your family, retire, or just enjoy a get-away visit.
As a citizen of Oil City, I know that this city, with its friendly and caring people, excellent services, great sense of volunteerism, historic heritage, scenic natural beauty, and quiet and safe environment is a very special place. I sincerely welcome you to visit us and participate in the wonders of Oil City
Barbara F. Crudo, Mayor