Ok folks, here's the low down on my research (so far) of the origin of creosote Seems it all started 150 years ago in Britain when a man named Henry Burt told of his discovery to all that cared...All two of them Actually it was a big deal since the railroad folks was needing a way to preserve the rail sleepers (ties) and wood pilings for the rapidly expanding railroad there. I still hav'nt found out when it became widely used here in America. Thats really what Im trying to find out. Anyway Looks like Mr. creosote has a birthday coming up soon Btw when my wife asked me what I was doing I told her research. But there was no way I'd tell her what for. Now since it looks like I'm in for the night I'm going to do something real exiting and crack open a Mountain Dew. Also known as a coke if you live down here t.