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This Week in Petroleum History – July 25 to July 31

A 1918 oil discovery in Burkburnett, Texas, leads to the “World’s Wonder Oilfield.” Read More

This Week in Petroleum History  – July 18 to July 24

Oil company secretaries found the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs in 1951. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History – July 11 to July 17

A 19th century petroleum product fuels the Saturn V rocket carrying men to the moon in 1969. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History –  July 4 to July 10

The future author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz opens an oil business in 1883. Read More


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

History of the 42-Gallon Oil Barrel

Soon after America’s first oil discovery in 1859, Pennsylvania oilmen met in and decided a 42-gallon barrel was best for transporting oil. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, November 30 – December 6

America’s first drive-in service station opens in 1913 when “Good Gulf Gasoline” goes on sale in Pittsburgh. 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