Perpetual gas fires had long been known to occur in various parts of the world. By 1932, when this photo was shot of oil wells and a camp of the Iraq Petroleum Company, approximately 5 miles south of Kirkuk, such constant escapes of natural gas indicated a promising drilling site. Courtesy Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-M33-14390.
Oil in American History,
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