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This Week in Petroleum History

This Week in Petroleum History, October 18 to October 24

October 18, 2008 - Derrick dedicated in Discovery 1 Park -  A re-enactment of the dramatic moment that changed Oklahoma history highlighted the 2008 dedication of a 84-foot replica derrick at Discovery 1 Park in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Events included roughneck...

This Week in Petroleum History, October 11 to October 17

October 13, 1954 - First Arizona Gas Well -  Arizona became the 30th petroleum producing state when Shell Oil Company completed a natural gas well one mile south of the Utah border on Apache County's Navajo Indian Reservation. The East Boundary Butte No. 2 well showed...

This Week in Petroleum History, October 4 to October 10

October 4, 1866 - Oil Fever spreads to Allegheny River Valley -  Just 15 miles east of Edwin Drake’s first U.S. oil well at Titusville, Pennsylvania, an oilfield discovery at Triumph Hill sparked a wild rush of speculators and new drilling. America's petroleum...

This Week in Petroleum History, September 27 to October 3

September 27, 1915 - Deadly Explosion in Ardmore, Oklahoma -  A railroad car carrying casinghead gasoline exploded in Ardmore, Oklahoma, killing 43 people and injuring others. The car, which had arrived the day before, was waiting to be taken to a nearby refinery....

This Week in Petroleum History, September 20 to September 26

September 21, 1901 - First Louisiana Oil Well - Just nine months after the January 1901 "Lucas Gusher" in Texas, another historic oilfield was revealed 90 miles east in Louisiana. W. Scott Heywood -- already successful thanks to wells drilled at Spindletop Hill --...

This Week in Petroleum History, September 13 to September 19

September 13, 1975 - President dedicates Petroleum Museum -  President Gerald R. Ford addressed 400 guests attending the opening ceremony for the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame in Midland, Texas. After touring the museum, he was presented...

This Week in Petroleum History, September 6 to September 12

September 7, 1917 - Oilfield Legacy of Texas Governor Hogg - After drilling 20 dry holes, the Tyndall-Wyoming Oil Company completed the No. 1 Hogg well  50 miles south of Houston. Four months later, a second well produced about 600 barrels a day. The discoveries ended...

This Week in Petroleum History, August 30 to September 5

August 30, 1919 - Natural Gas Boom (and Bust) in Pennsylvania  -  The “Snake Hollow Gusher” of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, revealed a giant natural gas field and quickly attracted hundreds of petroleum companies. Drilled near the Monongahela River southeast of...

This Week in Petroleum History, August 23 to August 29

August 24, 1892 -  Future "Prophet of Spindletop" founds Oil Company -  Patillo Higgins, who would become known as the "Prophet of Spindletop," founded the Gladys City Oil, Gas & Manufacturing Company. With three partners, he leased 2,700 acres near Beaumont,...

This Week in Petroleum History, August 16 to August 22

August 16, 1861 - Oldest Producing Oil Well drilled in Pennsylvania -  What would become the world's oldest continuously producing oil well was completed on Oil Creek near Oil City, Pennsylvania. The McClintock No. 1 well, reaching 620 feet deep into the Venango Third...

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