Oil and Natural Gas History, Education Resources, Museum News, Exhibits and Events


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This Week in Petroleum History, April 25 – May 1

Modern oilfield hydraulic fracturing technology – “fracking” – can trace its roots to an 1865 patent. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, April 18 – 24

The Los Angeles oilfield is discovered in 1892 near natural oil seeps at present-day Dodger Stadium. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, April 11 – 17

An Oklahoma well in 1974 reaches almost six miles deep before stopped by liquid sulfur. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, April 4 – 10

The first North Dakota oil well reveals the 134,000-square-mile Williston Basin on April 4, 1951. Read More


The history of U.S. exploration and production offers educators an important context for teaching the modern energy business.

Petroleum history news & EVENTS

Buffalo Bill Shoshone Oil Company

Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s legacy extends beyond his Wild West Show. Learn about his exploration into the oil business. Read More

History of the 42-Gallon Oil Barrel

Soon after America’s first oil discovery in 1859, Pennsylvania oilmen met in and decided a 42-gallon barrel was best for transporting oil. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, November 30 – December 6

America’s first drive-in service station opens in 1913 when “Good Gulf Gasoline” goes on sale in Pittsburgh. Read More

Is my Old Oil Stock worth Anything?

An old petroleum stock certificate’s vignette is often its best value for scripophily – certificates as collectibles. Read More