By Marilyn McCall
Ben Hogan, the legendary bad man of the Oil Region, was, without a doubt, the most infamous character in the early days of oil. From 1852-1878, Hogan’s wild ride took him throughout the eastern and mid-western portions of the United States. Most notable was the western Pennsylvania oil region where crime and vice ran rampant and disreputable characters gravitated to the oil fields. Ben Hogan and his many adventures fit right in with the bawdiness of this period where law and order were the last things on the minds of the settlers in the up-and-coming oil towns.