February 20, 2020  – Oil & Gas History News, Vol. 1, No. 2 

Oil & Gas History News

As always, thank you for signing up to receive our updates. Your interest in the American Oil & Gas Historical Society is especially appreciated now as AOGHS expands its online effort documenting U.S. petroleum history – a history that began along a Pennsylvania creek on August 27, 1859. You can find our articles at AOGHS.org, including our regularly updated series This Week in Petroleum History

Highlights from “This Week in Petroleum History”


February 17, 1902 – Lufkin Industries founded in East Texas 

The Lufkin Foundry and Machine Company was founded in Lufkin, Texas, as a repair shop for railroad and sawmill machinery. When the pine region’s timber supplies began to dwindle, the company discovered new opportunities in the burgeoning oilfields following the 1901 discovery at Spindletop Hill….MORE 

February 12, 1954 – First Nevada Oil Well 

After hundreds of dry holes (the first drilled near Reno in 1907), Nevada became a petroleum-producing state. Shell Oil Company’s second test of its Eagle Springs No. 1 well in Nye County produced commercial amounts of oil…MORE 

February 7, 1817 – First Street lighted by Manufactured Gas 

America’s first public street lamp fueled by manufactured gas illuminated Baltimore, Maryland. The city’s Gas Light Company became the first U.S. commercial gas lighting company by distilling tar and wood to make its illuminating gas…MORE 

January 28, 1969 – Oil Spill at Santa Barbara, California 

After drilling 3,500 feet below the Pacific Ocean floor, a Union Oil Company drilling platform six miles off Santa Barbara, California, suffered a blowout. The accident spilled up to 100,000 barrels of oil that reached many of the same beaches where U.S. offshore history began in 1896 with wells drilled from piers…MORE 

January 20, 1886 – “Great Karg Well” erupts Natural Gas in Ohio 

A spectacular natural gas well – the “Great Karg Well” of Findlay, Ohio – erupted with an initial flow of 12 million cubic feet a day. The well’s gas pressure was so great that it could not be controlled by technology of the day. The gas ignited into a towering flame that became a popular Ohio tourist attraction…MORE


Featured Article & Museum News 

Recent editorial additions to the AOGHS website include the Secret Offshore History of Drill Ship Glomar Explorer. There also are upcoming gatherings of energy educators and historians that can be found in the oil museum news update on our Events page.

Thank you again for your interest in U.S. petroleum history and taking the time to read with us. Please tell others about our now mobile-friendly AOGHS site, which better helps visitors find the content they are looking for. More historical topics such as oil and gas stock certificates, oilfield artifacts, preserving family histories, and more have been added to and discussed on our site. — Bruce Wells, Executive Director, American Oil & Gas Historical Society 

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“Any survey of the natural resources used as sources of energy must include a discussion about the importance of oil, the lifeblood of all industrialized nations.” — Daniel Yergin, bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize

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