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This Week in Petroleum History

This Week in Petroleum History, July 12 to July 18

July 12, 1934 - Emory Clark launches "Clark Super 100" Stations - Two years after paying $14 for a closed, one-pump gas station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Emory Clark incorporated what would become the Clark Oil & Refining Corporation. He set out to create a network...

This Week in Petroleum History, July 5 to July 11

July 5, 1900 - Edison films Standard Oil Refinery Fire, Bayonne, New Jersey - An early morning lightning strike at the Standard Oil Company refinery at Bayonne, New Jersey, set off explosions in three storage tanks, each with a capacity of 40,000 barrels of oil....

This Week in Petroleum History – June 28 to July 4

June 28, 1887 - Kansans celebrate First Natural Gas Jubilee -  After erecting flambeau arches at the four corners of the town square, citizens of Paola, Kansas, hosted what local leaders described as "the first natural gas celebration ever held in the West." Excursion...

This Week in Petroleum History, June 21 to June 27

June 21, 1893 - Submersible Pump Inventor born -  Armais Arutunoff, inventor of the electric submersible pump for oil wells, was born to Armenian parents in Tiflis, Russia. In 1916, he invented the first electrical centrifugal submersible pump. But after emigrating to...

This Week in Petroleum History, June 14 to June 20

June 14, 1865 - First Edition of Pennsylvania Oil Region Newspaper - Pennsylvania’s oil region got its first daily newspaper when brothers William and Henry Bloss published a four-page broadsheet, the Titusville Morning Herald. Initial circulation was 300 for the...

This Week in Petroleum History, June 7 to June 13

June 9, 1894 - Water Well finds Oil in Corsicana -  A contractor hired by the town of Corsicana to drill a water well on 12th Street found oil instead, launching the Texas petroleum industry seven years before the more famous discovery at Spindletop Hill, 230 miles...

This Week in Petroleum History, May 31 to June 6

June 1, 1860 - First Book about Oil published - Less than 10 months after Edwin L. Drake completed the first commercial U.S. oil well at Titusville, Pennsylvania, Thomas A. Gale published an 80-page pamphlet many regard as the first book about America’s petroleum...

This Week in Petroleum History, May 24 to May 30

May 24, 1902 - Earliest Oil & Gas Journal published -  Holland Reavis founded the Oil Investors' Journal In Beaumont, Texas. Early articles focused on financial issues facing operators and investors in the booming oilfield discovered the year before by the "Lucas...

This Week in Petroleum History, May 17 to May 23

May 17, 1882 - Mystery Well Production revealed - The true oil production of a closely guarded discovery well in the Warren County, Pennsylvania, township of Cherry Grove was revealed. The sudden news about the 646 Mystery Well, operated by the Jamestown Oil Company,...

This Week in Petroleum History, May 10 to May 16

May 12, 2007 - Oil and Gas Museums open in Oklahoma -  ConocoPhillips opened two petroleum museums on the same day in Ponca City and Bartlesville as part of the 2007 Oklahoma statehood centennial celebrations. Exhibits at the Conoco Museum In Ponca City educate...

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