Oil and Natural Gas History, Education Resources, Museum News, Exhibits and Events


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This Week in Petroleum History, May 22 – 28

A 1923 “Oil Well of the Century” endowed the University of Texas with millions. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, May 15 – 21

Drilling technology advances when George Failing adds a rig to a Ford farm truck. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, May 8 – May14

Confederate raiders in 1863 attack an oilfield at Burning Springs in western Virginia. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, May 1 to May 7

A derrick lantern patented in 1870 is soon known as the “Yellow Dog.” Read More


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

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

  The only giant Michigan oil and natural gas field was discovered in January 1957 on the dairy farm of Ferne Houseknecht. Her first oil well revealed the 29-mile-long “Golden Gulch.” The story of the discovery of Michigan’s only giant oilfield is … 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