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This Week in Petroleum History

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...

This Week in Petroleum History, May 3 to May 9

May 3, 1870 - Lantern with Two Spouts patented -  Jonathan Dillen of Petroleum Centre, Pennsylvania, received a patent for his "safety derrick lamp" -- a two-wicked lantern that would become known as the “yellow dog” in America's early oilfields. Dillen designed his...

This Week in Petroleum History, April 26 to May 2

After receiving a degree in mechanical engineering in 1954, former eighth-grade teacher Jim Buchwald in 1966 founded Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Buchwald bought a lathe, a small hand-cranked rotary table and a vertical drill for manufacturing valves…

This Week in Petroleum History, April 19 to April 25

April 19, 1892 - First U.S. Gasoline Powered Automobile -  Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea test drove a gasoline powered automobile they had built in their Springfield, Massachusetts, workshop. Considered the first automobile model to be regularly manufactured for...

This Week in Petroleum History, April 12 to April 18

April 13, 1974 - Depth Record set in Oklahoma Anadarko Basin -  After drilling for 504 days and costing about $7 million, the Bertha Rogers No. 1 well reached a total depth of 31,441 feet (5.95 miles) before being stopped by liquid sulfur. Drilled in the heart of...

This Week in Petroleum History, April 5 to April 11

April 5, 1860 - Early Success for New U.S. Oil Industry -   Inspired by Edwin L. Drake's 1859 first U.S. oil well at nearby Titusville, Pennsylvania, a newly formed company found an oilfield along the Allegheny River at Oil City. With oil fever attracting...

This Week in Petroleum History, March 29 to April 4

March 29, 1819 - Birthday of Father of the Petroleum Industry -  Edwin Laurentine Drake was born in Greenville, New York. Forty years later, he used a steam-powered cable-tool rig to drill the first commercial U.S. oil well at Titusville, Pennsylvania. The former...

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