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This Week in Petroleum History

This Week in Petroleum History, September 27 to October 3

September 27, 1915 - Deadly Explosion in Ardmore, Oklahoma -  At 2:20 p.m., a railroad car carrying casinghead gasoline exploded in Ardmore, Oklahoma, killing 43 people and injuring many others. The car, which had arrived the day before, was waiting to be taken to a...

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...

This Week in Petroleum History, August 9 to August 15

August 9, 1921 – Reflection Seismography reveals Geological Structure –  A team led by University of Oklahoma geophysicist John C. Karcher conducted the world’s first reflection seismograph measurement of a geologic formation, pioneering the use of reflection seismic...

This Week in Petroleum History, August 2 to August 8

August 2, 1956 - Missouri builds First U.S. Interstate Highway -  Missouri became the first state to award a contract with interstate construction funding authorized two months earlier by the Federal-Aid Highway Act. The Missouri highway commission agreed to begin...

This Week in Petroleum History, July 26 to August 1

July 27, 1918 - Standard Oil of New York launches Concrete Oil Tanker -  America's first concrete vessel designed to carry oil, the Socony, left its shipyard at Flushing Bay, New York. Built for the Standard Oil Company of New York, the barge was 98-feet long with a...

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