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


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This Week in Petroleum History, April 24 – 30

Oil well fracturing technology – “fracking” – can trace its roots to an 1865 patent. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, April 17 – 23

The Los Angeles oilfield is discovered in 1892 near natural oil seeps at present-day Dodger Stadium. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, April 10 to 16

An Oklahoma well sets a world depth record in the Anadarko Basin in 1974. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, April 3 to April 9

A North Dakota oil well revealed the 134,000-square-mile Williston Basin in 1951. 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