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This Week in Petroleum History, August 18 – August 24

Patillo Higgins, who will become the “Prophet of Spindletop,” founds the Gladys City Oil, Gas & Manufacturing Company in 1892. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, August 11 – August 17

HIgh-octane aviation fuel developed by Phillips Petroleum powers the “Woolaroc” monoplane on a dangerous 1927 air race across the Pacific. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, August 4 – August 10

Howard Hughes Sr. revolutionizes rotary drilling technology – and the modern petroleum industry – when he patents a twin-cone roller bit in 1909. Read More

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


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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