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This Week in Petroleum History, October 5 – 11

The science of geology transforms petroleum exploration with a 1915 oil discovery at El Dorado, Kansas. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, September 28 – October 4

Thousands gather at a 1930 East Texas oil discovery that helps “wash away the misery of the Great Depression.” Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, September 21 – September 27

The bazooka – invented during World War II – helps advance petroleum production technologies in 1951. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, September 14 – September 20

Natural gas discoveries encouraged Indiana towns to erect flambeaux arches to attract manufacturing in the 1880s. 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