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La Habra in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

West Coyote Field, The La Habra Research Laboratory

 
 
West Coyote Field, The La Habra Research Laboratory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 28, 2012
1. West Coyote Field, The La Habra Research Laboratory Marker
Inscription. This site is on the northern edge of the West Coyote oil field, one of the largest fields in the Los Angeles Basin. This field produced about 250 million barrels of oil from sandstone at a depth of about 3,000'. West Coyote was active from 1903 to 1996, and it was one of the foundations of the oil industry in Southern California. This field played a significant role in the early history of both the city of La Habra and of Chevron Corporation.

On the flat land south of here Chevron operated its La Habra Research Laboratory from 1947-1999. The personnel who worked here made a number of important contributions to mankind's knowledge of geophysics, oil field recovery processes, geology, and engineering, and they brought international scientific recognition to La Habra.

This rock is diatomaceous shale from the Miocene Monterey Formation, collected near San Luis Obispo. The Monterey is one of the most important formations to California's petroleum industry. It is rich in organic material and therefore a source of petroleum and, where fractured (as in this example), is a good reservoir. Oil and gas fields associated with this formation occur both onshore and offshore in California.
 
Location. 33° 55.01′ N, 117° 58.043′ W. Marker is in La
West Coyote Field, The La Habra Research Laboratory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 28, 2012
2. West Coyote Field, The La Habra Research Laboratory Marker
Habra, California, in Orange County. Marker is on West Imperial Highway (California Route 90) near Beach Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance of a carwash in a circular planter. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1950 West Imperial Highway, La Habra CA 90631, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Habra Pacific Electric Depot (approx. 1.5 miles away); La Habra's Birthplace (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of Lily Creamery (approx. 4 miles away); Fullerton College (approx. 4 miles away); Buena Park Woman's Clubhouse (approx. 4.1 miles away); Don Gaspor Portola (approx. 4.6 miles away); Knotts Berry Farm (approx. 5.3 miles away); Macadamia Tree (approx. 5.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Habra.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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