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

THIS MONTH IN PETROLEUM HISTORY

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This Week in Petroleum History, May 13 – 19

Drilling technology advanced in the 1930s when George Failing added a rig to a farm truck. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, May 6 – May 12

Confederate raiders in 1863 attacked Burning Springs, an oilfield in western Virginia. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, April 29 – May 5

An 1869 “submarine drilling apparatus” patent presages modern offshore technologies. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, April 22 – 28

Oil and Gas Well fracturing technology – “fracking” – began with an 1865 patent. Read More

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Petroleum history news & EVENTS

Dinosaur Fever – Sinclair’s Icon

Introduced in 1930, the Sinclair Oil “Dino” became a marketing icon whose popularity endures today. Read More

Horace Horton’s Spheres

The Chicago Bridge & Iron Company patented “Hortonspheres,” storage vessels invented in the 1920s by its founder. 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

First Louisiana Oil Well

The first Louisiana oil well revealed the giant Jennings oilfield on September 21, 1901, and launched the Pelican State’s petroleum industry. Read More