Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Cable Tool Drilling Rig
Kern County is one of the top oil producing areas in the United States. Four oil fields in Kern County have each produced over one billion barrels of oil.
In 1899, the discovery of oil on land near the Kern River started an oil boom. The oil boom resulted in the construction of hundreds of wooden derricks north of Bakersfield over the next few years.
A cable tool drilling rig uses a cable or rope to raise and lower a large metal drill bit. The drill bit pounds on the ground breaking up soil and rock digging a cylindrical tube or well into the earth.
The Petroleum Production Pioneers, in cooperation with numerous oil companies and volunteers, constructed this replica of a cable tool drilling rig on the grounds of the museum in 1957.
[A second marker:]
Petroleum is one of the world’s most valuable resources. By modern processes it is transformed into endless
This cable-tool rig very fittingly represents an important era in the evolution of oilwell drilling techniques and, hence, an equally important era in the history of Kern County.
Petroleum Production Pioneers
Kern County Museum Oil Committee
Kern County Board of Supervisors
Erected 1957 by Kern County Museum, Petroleum Production Pioneers, Kern County Museum Oil Committee and Kern County Board of Supervisors.
Location. 35° 23.603′ N, 119° 1.287′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chesterfield Drive. Click for map. Marker and drill rig are located near Donor Plaza in the Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Standard End Pumping Unit (a few steps from this marker); Metcalf House (within shouting distance of this marker); Havilah Courier (within shouting distance of this Court House and Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Assay Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Fellows (within shouting distance of this marker); Fraternal Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Dentist's Office (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
Regarding Cable Tool Drilling Rig. The term “derrick” comes from Thomas Derrick, a hangman, who invented a type of gallows using a beam and pulley system during the Elizabethan era. He is reported to have executed over 3,000 people with his gallows device. This device later became known as a "derrick". The term was later used to describe other lifting devices using a similar support mechanism.
Also see . . .
1. Kern County Museum – Oil Derrick. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and display a photo. (Submitted on December 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. History of the Oil Industry in California and Kern County. A timeline (Submitted on December 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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