Petroleum in Transportation

The history of U.S. energy infrastructure is far more than planes, trains and automobiles.

From the first wooden oil barrels to internal combustion engines, electric-diesel trains, high-octane airplane fuels, service station gas pumps, liquefied natural gas tanks, and pipelines are just a small sample petroleum’s role in daily life since the first commercial U.S. oil well of 1859.

Adding Wings to the Iron Horse

America exports Oil

America on the Move

Cantankerous Combustion – 1st U.S. Auto Show

Densmore Oil Tank Cars

Dome Gas Station at Takoma Park

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

First Car, First Road Trip

First Gas Pump and Service Station

Flight of the Woolaroc

History of the 42-Gallon Oil Barrel

Horace Horton’s Spheres

Houston Ship Channel of 1914

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum

Remarkable Nellie Bly’s Oil Drum

Trans-Alaska Pipeline History

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