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Phillips 66 – The Gasoline That Won the West - Podcast

Bartlesville-born Phillips 66 is “The Gasoline That Won the West”—and it played a huge role in winning World War II. The iconic Oklahoma brand pioneered industry, science, aviation, and the American road for nearly a century. Now hear the story like you never before have.

Join John and KTOK/iHeartRadio star Gwin Faulconer-Lippert for the rough and tumble tale of when Oklahomans stood up to defy and throw out our most corrupt governor. It’s the 54th episode of our original OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Go HERE to listen to them all! Future episodes explore more great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History.


One of the first of over 10,000 clean, modern Phillips 66 gasoline stations opened in late-1920s Bartlesville. Visionary oilmen like L. E. and Frank Phillips pioneered oil company expansion, ranging from exploration and production to refining and retail sales. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society and Oklahoma Energy Resources Board.


Phillips 66 visionaries and brothers Waite Phillips (left), L. E. Phillips (center), and ringleader Frank Phillips (right) in 1930 at the latter’s Woolaroc ranch west of Bartlesville for the 1930 Cow Thieves and Outlaws reunion. Courtesy Bartlesville Area Historical Museum.


Phillips 66 signs, familiar to drivers across America, both modeled after the Route 66 signs that marked the heart of “Phillips Country” and near which the famous road test of a potent early Phillips gasoline occurred. The orange and black sign sprouted up in 1930, the modern red and white one in 1959.


Tropartic, Phillips 66’s revolutionary all-season motor oil, introduced in 1954.


Former President Dwight Eisenhower’s painting of his good friend, innovative Phillips Chairman Kenneth S. “Boots” Adams. Crucial Phillips trailblazing research and product development of both synthetic rubber and high-octane aviation fuel helped Ike and his American and Allied armies win World War II. Courtesy Steve Adams.


Many thanks to Atwoods Ranch and Home, a farm and ranch supply company based in Enid, Oklahoma, for their support of the Red River Institute of History and OKLAHOMA GOLD! Please support them as you are able! Wherever you are, you can order online from thousands of quality products on their terrific website HERE. Atwoods also has 66 stores in 5 states: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. In addition to farm and ranch supplies, Atwoods stores sell clothing, lawn and garden items, tools, hardware, automotive supplies, sporting goods, pet supplies, firearms, and seasonal items.


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