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This Week in Petroleum History, August 25 – August 31

The American petroleum industry is born August 27, 1859, when Edwin L. Drake strikes oil at Oil Creek near Titusville, Pennsylvania. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, August 18 – August 24

Patillo Higgins, who will become the “Prophet of Spindletop,” founds the Gladys City Oil, Gas & Manufacturing Company in 1892. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, August 11 – August 17

HIgh-octane aviation fuel developed by Phillips Petroleum powers the “Woolaroc” monoplane on a dangerous 1927 air race across the Pacific. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, August 4 – August 10

Howard Hughes Sr. revolutionizes rotary drilling technology – and the modern petroleum industry – when he patents a twin-cone roller bit in 1909. Read More


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Petroleum history news & EVENTS

Crude History of Maybel’s Eyelashes

Crude History of Maybel’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

America on the Move

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