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This Week in Petroleum History
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.
August 7, 1933 - Permian Basin inspires "Alley Oop" Comic Strip A 1995 stamp commemorated “Alley Oop” by Victor Hamlin, who worked in the Yates oilfield. Although the comic strip "Alley Oop" first appeared in August 1933, the cartoon caveman began with a 1926 oilfield...
Discovered in 1769, the La Rancho Brea “tar pits” are really asphalt.
Phillips Petroleum in 1933 sponsors the first solo flight around the world…
A 19th century petroleum product fueled the rocket that sent men to the moon.
Future Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum started an oil business in 1883.
President Taft established three Naval Petroleum Reserves in 1910.
The “Hall of Petroleum” opened in 1967 at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
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