“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Signal Hill in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Discovery Well - Signal Hill Field

State Historic Landmark Monument #580 image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, November 24, 2006
1. State Historic Landmark Monument #580
Shell Oil Company – Alamitos No. 1 • June 25, 1921.

One of the world’s most famous wells, Alamitos No. 1, was started on March 23, 1921, and completed June 25, 1921, at a depth of 3,114 feet, flowing 590 barrels of oil a day.

This discovery well led to the development of one of the most productive oil fields in the world and helped to establish California as a major oil producting state.

This monument commemorating Alamitos No. 1 is a tribute to the petroleum pioneers for their success here, a success which has, by aiding in the growth and expansion of the petroleum industry, contributed so much to the welfare of mankind.

(Plaque below main plaque)
Alamitos No. 1 Discovery Well recognized as an official Bicentennial Landmark. Placed by Signal Hill City Council, Signal Hill Bicentennial Commission, Mayor Keaton R. King, Vice-Mayor Nick A Hertz, Councilman William F. Mendenhall, Councilman J. Ennis Neff, Councilman Gertrude A. Beebe, Commissioners Doris M. Miller, Marjorie E. Posner, William F. Mendenhall. Dedicated January 1976.
Erected 1952 by Shell Oil Company and The Petrolum Production Pioneers. (Marker Number 580.)
Location. 33° 47.832′ N,
Well "Alamitos No. 1" image. Click for full size.
By Leticia A. Kohnen, November 24, 2006
2. Well "Alamitos No. 1"
118° 9.468′ W. Marker is in Signal Hill, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Temple Avenue and Hill Street on Temple Avenue. Click for map. Maker is on right side of entryway to Petrolum Park. . Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 Temple Ave, Long Beach CA 90806, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Recreation Park Bandshell (approx. 1.9 miles away); Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association (approx. 2 miles away); Casa Aitken (approx. 2 miles away); St. Luke's Episcopal Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Long Beach (approx. 2.3 miles away); First United Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Long Beach Skating Rink (approx. 2.3 miles away); The First High School (approx. 2.3 miles away).
More about this marker. 2½ blocks west of Petrolum Park is the statue “Tribute to the Roughnecks” at the corner of E. Hill St. & Stanley Ave. The statue is NOT a state historic landmark, but is worth the time to stop and look.
Also see . . .
1. The Story of Oil In California. (Submitted on September 16, 2007.)
2. “Tribute to the Roughnecks” - Building a Monument (a work in progress). How this monument was created, shown
“Tribute to the Roughnecks” by Cindy Jackson image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 24, 2006
3. “Tribute to the Roughnecks” by Cindy Jackson
This bronze statue, erected in 2006, pays tribute to the men who worked the oil field of Southern California. It is located in a small park overlooking the western portion of Signal Hill and Long Beach. The park is at the intersection of Skyline & Dawson Sts. Alamitos 1 oil well is located 2 blocks north of this site.
in photographs. (Submitted on September 16, 2007.) 
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