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This Week in Petroleum History,  August 3 – August 9

Discovered by the Spanish in 1769, the La Brea “tar pits” remain a popular Los Angeles attraction. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, July 27 – August 2

A 1918 oil discovery on a small farm in Texas leads to a popular 1940 Hollywood movie. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History July 20 – 26

Petroleum company secretaries found the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs of North America in 1951. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, July 13 – 20

A 19th century petroleum product fuels the Saturn V rocket carrying Apollo 11 to the moon in 1969. Read More


Now on Sale!  A 2015 “Today in American Petroleum History” calendar includes important industry milestones with 12 historic oil patch photographs from the Library of Congress. Order it Today

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Petroleum history news & EVENTS

Oil, Vaseline and Maybelline Cosmetics

Crude History of Mabel’s Eyelashes: Few associate oil wells of the 1860s with women’s smiling faces, but they are fashionably related. Read More

Blue Flame Natural Gas Rocket Car

The Blue Flame – Natural Gas Rocket Car: On October 23, 1970, natural gas powered the Blue Flame into the world land-speed record books. Read More

First Wyoming Oil Well

In 1883, tales of a fabled “tar spring” may have inspired a wildcatter – Pennsylvanian Mike Murphy – to drill Wyoming’s first oil well. Read More

America on the Move

America on the Move: The Smithsonian Institution’s permanent transportation exhibition features “Route 66.” Read More