Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

7/9/2012

Hunting for black gold: Photographs show the pioneers of America’s oil fields in dash for riches across the West

The back breaking labor on oil fields across the U.S. is the subject of a collection of photographs portraying the burgeoning petroleum industry at the turn of the century. The black and white pictures showcase laborers working under the scorching sun, dramatic oil well fires and candid shots of everyday life on the field. The oil gush meant big money for some of America’s most well-known industrialist, making millions for the likes of John D. Rockefeller, George and John Paul Getty, William Larimer Mellon, Sr. and Joseph S. Cullinan. The boom of the U.S. petroleum industry began in the early 19th century, starting in the East and slowly moving to the Gulf Coast and Mid-continent. For much of the 20th century, the U.S. was the largest oil producing country in the world. It is now the 3rd largest, behind Saudi Arabia and Russia. for more click here

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