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

THIS MONTH IN PETROLEUM HISTORY

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This Week in Petroleum History, August 22 to 28

The U.S. petroleum industry is born with an 1859 discovery at Titusville, Pennsylvania. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, August 15 – 21

Frank Phillips sponsors the winning plane in a risky 1927 air race across the Pacific. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, August 8 to August 14

Howard Hughes Sr. patents a dual-cone bit in 1909 and transforms oilfield drilling. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History,  August 1 – August 7

Discovered in 1769, the La Rancho Brea “tar pits” are actually asphalt. Read More

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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

History of the 42-Gallon Oil Barrel

Soon after America’s first oil discovery in 1859, Pennsylvania oilmen met in and decided a 42-gallon barrel was best for transporting oil. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, November 30 – December 6

America’s first drive-in service station opens in 1913 when “Good Gulf Gasoline” goes on sale in Pittsburgh. 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