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This Week in Petroleum History June 29 – July 5

Arkansas roughnecks stand proudly in front of their July 1, 1922, discovery well of the Smackover oilfield. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, June 22 – 28

A 1921 discovery on Signal Hill will help make California a worldwide leader in oil production. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, June 15 – 21

“Mr. Charlie” in 1954 will revolutionize offshore drilling technology in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, June 8 – 14

The Texas petroleum industry begins in 1894 when an oilfield is discovered while drilling for water in Corsicana. 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