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THIS MONTH IN PETROLEUM HISTORY

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This Week in Petroleum History July 28 – August 3

Discovered in 1769, the petroleum seeps today known as La Brea “tar pits” are a popular tourist attraction in downtown Los Angeles. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History July 21 – July 27

Inspired by a club of petroleum company secretaries in New Orleans, the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs is founded in July 1951. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History July 14 – July 20

A 19th century petroleum product – kerosene – fuels the first-stage engines of the Saturn V rocket carrying Apollo 11 to the moon in July 1969. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, July 7 – July 13

The future author of the Wizard of Oz sells petroleum products in 1883, including a grease for buggies “so smooth it makes the horses laugh.” 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