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This Week in Petroleum History, May 23 – 29

The “Oil Well of the Century” in 1923 will bring great wealth to the University of Texas. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, May 16 – 22

Drilling technology advances when George E. Failing of Enid, Oklahoma, adds a rig to a Ford farm truck. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, May 9 – 15

In 1863 Confederate raiders attack an oilfield at Burning Springs in western Virginia. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, May 2 – 8

A two-wicked derrick lantern patented in 1870 will become known as the “yellow dog.” Read More


The history of petroleum 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