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


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This Week in Petroleum History, March 27 to April 2

A 1911 oil discovery will help make Electra the “Pump Jack Capital of Texas” in 2001. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, March 20 to March 26

Exxon Valdez runs aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, in 1989. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, March 13 to March 19

First commercial use of hydraulic “fracking” takes place in 1949 near Duncan, Oklahoma. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, March 6 to March 12

The largest oilfield in North America is discovered in 1968 on the Arctic Coast of Alaska. Read More


U.S. petroleum exploration, production and transportation history provides a context for understanding the energy industry.

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

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

  The only giant Michigan oil and natural gas field was discovered in January 1957 on the dairy farm of Ferne Houseknecht. Her first oil well revealed the 29-mile-long “Golden Gulch.” The story of the discovery of Michigan’s only giant oilfield is … 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