Originally published on The Quilters Hall of Fame:
The story of the Marie Webster house actually begins in 1887 with the discovery of natural gas just a few blocks away from the home's future location on South Washington Street in Marion, Indiana. The gusher's flames burst thirty feet into the air, while the sound of hissing gas could be heard in the Courthouse Square ten blocks away.
This dramatic event shaped the history of Marion, for it ushered in the "Gas Boom," marking a period of rapid development and great prosperity.
Kristin Cherry, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Traditions Management
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