Hit the Road, Learn About Oil and Gas
Roughly 4.5 million miles of roads crisscross the United States and Canada, according to figures from the Central Intelligence Agency's popular reference The World Factbook. The need for the majority of these roads resulted from the rise of the automobile over the past century. In turn, the oil and gas industry literally provided the fuel necessary to make this transportation revolution possible.
A number of museums exist along some of the highways and byways of the U.S. and Canada to chronicle the oil and gas industry's impact on transportation and myriad other aspects of modern life.
"Petroleum museums are important reminders of the oil and natural gas industry’s contributions to life in Canada and the United States in the 21st century," said Bruce Wells, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based American Oil and Gas Historical Society.
"These museums not only preserve a remarkable history, they serve as ambassadors to an often skeptical public," continued Wells. "The petroleum industry’s social, economic and technological achievements provide a context for teaching young people the modern business of meeting our energy needs."
Rigzone has generated a list of some of these museums that you may want to visit while driving along these roads, either for work or pleasure. The list below is far from exhaustive, but it provides a snapshot of the abundant roadside attractions that pay tribute to the oil and gas industry's past, present and future. Enjoy the ride!