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THIS MONTH IN PETROLEUM HISTORY

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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

This Week in Petroleum History,  August 3 – August 9

Discovered by the Spanish in 1769, the La Brea “tar pits” remain a popular Los Angeles attraction. 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