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This Week in Petroleum History, October 20 – October 26

The Blue Flame sets a 1970 world land speed record of more than 630 mph powered by liquefied natural gas, the “fuel of the future.” Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, October 13 – October 19

Discovery One Park in Bartlesville includes the 1897 first commercial oil well in what is today Oklahoma. An 84-foot derrick provides its own gusher. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, October 6 – October 12

A monument in Shreveport, Louisiana, pays tribute to the 1905 Caddo Parrish oil discovery revealing more than 80,000 acres rich in petroleum. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, September 29 – October 5

A “Tribute to the Roughnecks” is dedicated in 2006 atop Signal Hill, California. It commemorates the 1921 Long Beach Oilfield discovery. Read More


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Petroleum history news & EVENTS

Crude History of Maybel’s Eyelashes

Crude History of Maybel’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

America on the Move

America on the Move: The Smithsonian Institution’s permanent transportation exhibition features “Route 66.” 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