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Signal Hill in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

“Tribute to the Roughnecks”

Cindy Jackson, Sculptor

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, November 24, 2016
1. “Tribute to the Roughnecks” Marker
Inscription. To honor the courageous men and women who have been a part of the oil fields of Signal Hill, a field proven to be one of the richest in North America. They are represented in this depiction by:

Jerrel C. Barto
Born 1935 in Wakefield, Nebraska. His family moved to California in the 1940’s. As a teenager he pumped gas at a Signal Oil Company service station. After high school and college he worked in real estate sales and development and as a stock broker. “Jerry” bought his first oil wells in Costa Mesa, California in 1979. In 1984 he and his son Craig acquired Shell Oil Company’s oil and land interests in the Signal Hill area. They later acquired the oil interests of Arco, Texaco and others in the area which became the foundation of their company, Signal Hill Petroleum, Inc.

Bruce Kerr
Born 1921 in Toronto, Canada and grew up in San Mateo, California. He worked for the Shell Oil Company for over 52 years starting at a Shell gas station during high school. Bruce was eventually in charge of all property administration for the western United States, which included Shell’s significant oil and land interest in the City of Signal Hill. Bruce is remembered for his good nature and fair dealing representing Shell’s interests and for giving back to the community, especially through his volunteer
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By Michael Kindig, November 24, 2016
2. “Tribute to the Roughnecks” Marker
efforts at the YMCA.
 
Erected 2006 by Signal Hill Petroleum.
 
Location. 33° 47.923′ N, 118° 9.866′ W. Marker is in Signal Hill, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Skyline Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Sunset View Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2424-2448 Skyline Drive, Signal Hill CA 90755, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hilltop Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Broadcasting and Music on the Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Oil Fires on the Hill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Japanese Farming on the Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Aviation on the Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); Car Climbs on the Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Unity Monument" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Discovery of Oil on the Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Signal Hill.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Michael Kindig, November 24, 2016
3. “Tribute to the Roughnecks”
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By Michael Kindig, December 19, 2016
4. “Tribute to the Roughnecks”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 270 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 19, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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