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This Week in Petroleum History, March 23 to March 29

Edwin L. Drake, “the father of the American petroleum industry,” is born in 1819. He will drill the first U.S. oil well in 1859. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, March 16 to March 22

Among the most recognized corporate symbols in American history, Pegasus is trademarked in 1911 by Vacuum Oil Company. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, March 9 to March 15

An 1829 Kentucky salt well becomes the “Great American Oil Well” after producing oil later bottled and sold as medicine. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, March 2 to March 8

Wham-O patents its popular “Hoop Toy” thanks to Marlex, a high-density polyethylene invented by Phillips Petroleum Company. 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

Crude History of Mabel’s Eyelashes

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