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This Week in Petroleum History, December 15 to December 21

Late 19th century “Bird’s-Eye View” panoramic maps often featured America’s earliest petroleum boom towns. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History December 8 to December 14

Government scientists in 1967 detonate a 29 kiloton nuclear device in a New Mexico natural gas well to stimulate production. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, December 1 to December 7

America’s first drive-in service station opens in 1913 when “Good Gulf Gasoline” goes on sale at a pagoda-style brick building in Pittsburgh. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, November 24 to November 30

The red Pegasus logo of Mobilgas is featured in “Gas,” a 1940 oil painting by Edward Hopper, who anticipates the Pop Art movement. 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

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