Bóbrka, Krosno County

Bóbrka [ˈbubrka] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Chorkówka, within Krosno County, Subcarpathian Voivodeship, in south-eastern Poland.[1] It lies approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) south-east of Chorkówka, 7 km (4 mi) south-west of Krosno, and 50 km (31 mi) south-west of the regional capital Rzeszów.

Bóbrka seen from the east
Coordinates: 49°37′58″N 21°41′55″E
Country Poland
Voivodeship Subcarpathian
CountyKrosno County

Bóbrka with the surrounding area from Krosno to Gorlice is among the oldest places where the roots of world oil industry started. In the forest near Bóbrka the world's first oil field was established, with a regular oil output since 1854. One of the rock oil mine owners was Ignacy Łukasiewicz, Polish pharmacist, the first who distilled kerosene from oil in 1852/1853. He also invented kerosene lamp in 1853.[2]

The village has a population of 800.


  1. "Central Statistical Office (GUS) - TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01.
  2. "Skansen in Bóbrka" (in Polish and English). 2010-04-30. Archived from the original on 2010-03-26.