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Wood River Refinery History Museum

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Wood River Refinery History Museum

900 S. Central Ave

Roxana, Illinois 62084

(618) 255-3718


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Type: Museums

Illinois Tourism District: Southern

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Step back in time more than 75 years at the Shell History Museum in Roxana, Illinois. Featuring over 1,000 artifacts and growing, the museum offers a visual review of the refinery's many changes and significant progress from its groundbreaking in 1917 to the present.

Exhibits, photo displays and a special videotape tell the story of how the legacy of Shell's Wood River Refinery unfolded over three-quarters of a century. It is a story of extraordinary achievements and remarkable dedication on the part of thousands of Shell people. Today's Wood River Manufacturing Complex is a premier refinery serving the vast Midwest market.

Trace the history of Shell Wood River and neighboring communities as you look at early photographs and the many items of interest, including vintage gasoline pumps, glass motor oil bottles, Shell product advertising and city maps.

The Shell History Museum was established in 1986 by a small group of retirees who used a small trailer and later an office to sort, categorize and store the historical artifacts. On October 5, 1992, Shell volunteers began renovating an unused research building adjacent to the refinery. Following countless hours of work, the new museum was completed in September 1993 and is staffed by volunteers.


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