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This Week in Petroleum History, August 31 – September 6

Inventor S.F. Bowser in 1885 sells his first kerosene pump to an Indiana grocery store, leading to the modern gas pump. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, August 24 – 30

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

This Week in Petroleum History, August 17 – 23

An oil museum opens in Ames, Oklahoma, on “one of the most remarkable and studied geological features in the world.” Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, August 10 – August 16

Howard Hughes Sr. revolutionizes oilfield drilling in 1909 when he patents a twin-cone roller drill bit. Read More


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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