A Chronology of U.S. Oil & Gas
This Week in Petroleum History
The World War II bazooka advanced oil production technologies in the 1950s.
The first major oil discovery in Utah arrived in the giant Uinta Basin in 1948.
The Texas oil industry began in 1866 with a well drilled at Nacogdoches by a Civil War veteran.
Modern gas pumps began in 1885 with a kerosene pump at a grocery store.
An 1859 Pennsylvania oil discovery launched the U.S. petroleum industry.
Patillo Higgins, the future “Prophet of Spindletop,” started a Texas oil company in 1892.
Phillips Petroleum sponsors the winning plane in a dangerous 1927 Pacific air race.
Howard Hughes Sr. patents a dual-cone bit in 1909 and transforms drilling.
Discovered in 1769, the La Rancho Brea “tar pits” are really asphalt.
Phillips Petroleum in 1933 sponsors the first solo flight around the world…
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