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

Pioneer Oil Refinery

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Pioneer Oil Refinery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Konrad R Summers, circa May 2008
1. Pioneer Oil Refinery Marker
Inscription.  In 1875 the Star Oil Company, one of the predecessors of the Standard Oil Company of California, drilled its first Pico Canyon well, which yielded about one hundred barrels per day. The discovery resulted in the erection of the first commercial oil refinery in California the following year.
 
Erected by Department of Public Works - Division of Highways. (Marker Number 172.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 34° 22.696′ N, 118° 33.83′ W. Marker is in Newhall, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Lyons Avenue east of Interstate 5, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24530 Lyons Ave, Newhall CA 91321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oak of the Golden Dream (here, next to this marker); American Bison (approx. 2 miles away); William J. Johnston Jr. (approx. 2 miles away); American Revolution (approx. 2 miles away); Saugus School Bell (approx.
Pioneer Oil Refinery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Konrad R Summers, circa May 2008
2. Pioneer Oil Refinery Marker
This marker is located on the left. The Oak of the Golden Dream 6 - Mile marker is located on the right.
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2.1 miles away); William S. Hart Park and Museum (approx. 2.2 miles away); End of an Era (approx. 2.3 miles away); Edison House (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newhall.
 
Regarding Pioneer Oil Refinery. The refinery location is fenced off and access is not allowed but you can get a decent view looking through the fence. The site is located near 23864 Pine Street, Newhall, California.

It is the oldest still-standing oil refinery in the Western Hemisphere (perhaps in the world). The site was designated as California Historical Landmark No.172 on March 6, 1935. In 1984, Standard Oil of California changed its name to Chevron.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  The Pioneer Oil Refinery. (Submitted on January 23, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
 
Pioneer Oil Refinery and Oak of the Golden Dream Markers image. Click for full size.
California Historical Landmarks (1973)
3. Pioneer Oil Refinery and Oak of the Golden Dream Markers
Originally located at the site of Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass.
34° 20.528′ N, 118° 30.571′ W
Pioneer Oil Refinery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 8, 2019
4. Pioneer Oil Refinery Marker
Pioneer Oil Refinery Buildings image. Click for full size.
By Konrad R Summers, circa May 2008
5. Pioneer Oil Refinery Buildings
Actual site is not easy to find. From marker, head East on Lyons Road to Newhall Avenue. Turn right onto Newhall Avenue. Pass the park and rail tracks to Pine Street. Turn right on Pine Street. About 1/4 mile up the road is an opening/driveway, all dirt, turn left follow dirt driveway till you see sign declaring private property no entrance. You have arrived at the site.
Pioneer Oil Refinery Buildings image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 15, 2012
6. Pioneer Oil Refinery Buildings
Site coordinates: 34 22.221; -118 31.235
Pioneer Oil Refinery image. Click for full size.
By Chris Bell, January 15, 2012
7. Pioneer Oil Refinery
California's First Oil Refinery
Operated on a Commercial Scale
Erected 1876
1930 Marker at the refinery. image. Click for full size.
circa 1930
8. 1930 Marker at the refinery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California. This page has been viewed 1,977 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on February 15, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California.   3. submitted on January 16, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on August 26, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   5. submitted on May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California.   6. submitted on January 16, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   7. submitted on January 23, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   8. submitted on February 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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