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About Montana oil journal. (Great Falls, Mont.) 192?-1931
Great Falls, Mont. (192?-1931)
- Montana oil journal. : (Great Falls, Mont.) 192?-1931
- Place of publication:
- Great Falls, Mont.
- Geographic coverage:
- Montana Oil Journal Co.
- Dates of publication:
- -v. 10, no. 52 (Mar. 21, 1931).
- Weekly <Jan. 3, 1925>-Mar. 21, 1931
- Petroleum industry and trade--Montana--Newspapers.
- Petroleum industry and trade.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01059546
- "Authentic oil news."
- Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 3 (Apr. 15, 1921).
- sn 86075104
- Succeeding Titles:
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Montana Oil Journal
The Montana Oil Journal published its first issue in April 1921. The Great Falls, Montana paper proposed to be "a log of the oil fields," providing news of the state's fledgling oil industry to its subscribers twice a month. Early issues averaged 26 pages of news and advertisements in four columns, and covers proudly displayed photographs of local oil rigs. Contents in the 1920s included news of strikes, refinery operations, and the arrival of industry giants such as Standard Oil. Some small sections were dedicated to specific oil fields such as Cat Creek.
The Great Depression did not wipe out the paper or the Montana oil industry. It did, however, force the paper to shrink to four pages from 1933 to 1934. Nevertheless, content in the 1930s was relatively expansive. The Journal reported on operations in Montana and Alberta, ran a humor column ("The Sunburst Badger Says"), and had a complete list of drilling wells in Montana. In 1931 the Journal offered subscribers a "keyed map of the State of Montana, showing every recognized oil and gas structure in the state, printed in red on a blue base map."
The Montana Oil Journal changed its name to the Montana Oil and Mining Journal in 1931 when it began printing a dedicated mining section. Expanding coverage of the western oil industry led to another title change in 1953. With the expanded title, the paper became the Montana Oil Journal: With News of Oil in the Williston Basin, Montana, Dakotas and Greater Rockies. In 1991, the paper's new owners condensed the title to Rocky Mountain Oil Journal.
In its 99th year, the paper suspended operations in the face of declining oil exploration and the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Rocky Mountain Oil Journal phrased it, "Just like the industry, which has seen its ups and downs, so has the Rocky Mountain Oil Journal."
Provided by: Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT