California Historical Landmarks in Kern County
California Historical Landmark 485
Lakeview Gusher 1
Petroleum Club Road Between Kerto and Cadet Roads
Near the Towns of Taft and Maricopa
America's most spectacular gusher 'blew in' here on March 14, 1910. Initial flow was 18,000 barrels per day, and later reached uncontrolled peak of 100,000 barrels per day, completely destroying the derrick. This Union Oil Company well between Taft and Maricopa produced nine million barrels of oil in 18 months.
May 3, 1952
Marker Placed By
Miocene Parlor No. 228 N.D.G.W.
Kern County Historical Society
Kern County Museum
State Registered Landmark No. 485