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Oil independence achieved

February 19, 2007

The Albuquerque Petroleum Club unexpectedly closed up shop today. The club and restaurant were situated on the 15th floor of the Albuquerque Petroleum Building in Downtown. A invitation fee of $125 and $50 monthly dues (junior membership) were all you needed to become a member.

Apparently Petroleum Clubs first came to fruition in Texas over 100 years ago. The Albuquerque Petroleum Club was founded 50 years ago, and had been situated at its current location since 1987. NM Business Weekly claims the club had 900 members and employed 60 kitchen and dining staff.

Cars running on electricity, food without petroleum—what will Albuquerque think of next?

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