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


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This Week in Petroleum History, June 19 – 25

An oilfield is discovered at Signal Hill, California, on June 23, 1921. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, June 12 – 18

“Mr. Charlie,” the world’s first movable, submersible drilling barge, was launched in 1954. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, June 5 – 11

Secret operation PLUTO’s coiled pipelines assured World War II victory. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, May 29-June 4

A young New York chemist patents a “useful product from petroleum” in 1872. Read More


U.S. petroleum exploration, production and transportation history provides a context for understanding the energy industry.

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

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

  The only giant Michigan oil and natural gas field was discovered in January 1957 on the dairy farm of Ferne Houseknecht. Her first oil well revealed the 29-mile-long “Golden Gulch.” The story of the discovery of Michigan’s only giant oilfield is … 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