California Historical Landmarks in Kern County

California Historical Landmark 290
Kern River Field
Round Mountain Road at 33 South Road
Oil City

California Historical Landmark #290: Kern River Field in Oil City
16 June 2006
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California Historical Landmark
Discovery Well
Kern River Field

Oil was discovered at 70 feet in 1899 when Tom Means persuaded Roe Elwood and Frank Wiseman to dig for oil aided by Jonathan, Bert, Jed, and Ken Elwood, George Wiseman, and John Marlowe.

June 1, 1899, 400 feet north, Horace and Milton McWhorter drilled the first commercial well.

April 7, 1940

Bakersfield Parlor No. 42 N.S.G.W.
El Tejon Parlor No. 239 N.D.G.W.
Kern County Historical Society
Kern County Chamber of Commerce

Department of Natural Resources Reg. No 290
State of California

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