Burning Springs Documentary To Be Shown Saturday Night

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The area's 19th century oil and gas industry will be on display Saturday night at the Smoot Theater.

"Burning Springs" is the title of a documentary of the oil and gas industry, that will be shown Saturday night at the Smoot in downtown Parkersburg.

The title also is the name of the Wirt County community which was part of that once-booming industry.

Amazingly, Burning Springs was the name of a Kanawha County town during the same era.

"Back in the early 1800's, all the way to 1865-1870," says Dave McKain, of the Oil and Gas Museum of the Ohio Valley. "It also covers the politics the oil and gas people were involved in, in Parkersburg. It's a very comprehensive movie, and beautifully done."

Tickets are still available at the theater for the showing, Saturday night at 8:00, with a reception beginning at 7:30.

It was produced by a Charleston-based filmmaker, Diana Sole Walko, CEO of MotionMasters, Inc., with photography done by Vienna native Wesley Poole.

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