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Santa Paula in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Birthplace of Union Oil Company of California

 

— On the National Register of Historic Places —

 
Birthplace of Union Oil Company of California (right) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 18, 2007
1. Birthplace of Union Oil Company of California (right)
Inscription.  
Birthplace of
Union Oil Company of California
Founded October 17, 1890
Presented by the City of Santa Paula, California
to
Union Oil Company of California
In Commemoration of the Company's 50 years of Service to the West
August Twenty-Four, Nineteen Hundred Forty

 
Erected 1940 by City of Santa Paula, California. (Marker Number 996.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the California, Ventura County Historical Landmarks series lists.
 
Location. 34° 21.25′ N, 119° 3.592′ W. Marker is in Santa Paula, California, in Ventura County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and North 10th Street, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1003 East Main Street, Santa Paula CA 93060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Francis Dam Disaster Memorial (about 700 feet away,
Union Oil Company Building image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 18, 2007
2. Union Oil Company Building
Markers are located on both sides of the entrance.
measured in a direct line); The Ebell Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); Portolá Expedition (approx. half a mile away); St. Francis Dam Disaster (approx. 1.1 miles away); Tanner Homestead (approx. 1½ miles away); Faulkner House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Santa Clara Schoolhouse (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named St. Francis Dam Disaster (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Paula.
 
More about this marker. This is California Historic Landmark No. 996, and Ventura County Landmark No. 36.
 
Regarding Birthplace of Union Oil Company of California. The Santa Paula Hardware Company Building, more commonly referred to as the Union Oil Company Building, is significant for its historical importance as the birthplace of the Union Oil Company on October 17, 1890. The building continued to serve as a field division office after the main headquarters moved to Los Angeles in 1900. In 1950 the Union Oil Museum was established and in 1990, for its Centennial Celebration, the building was restored to is original appearance and reopened as a new state-of-the-art oil museum. SOURCE: California Historical Landmarks, California State Parks
Union Oil Company Building image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 18, 2007
3. Union Oil Company Building
 
Union Oil Company of California Marker (left) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 18, 2007
4. Union Oil Company of California Marker (left)
In memory of the Founders
of the
Union Oil Company of California
Founded October 17, 1890
Santa Paula
1890 - 1965
Diamond Anniversary
Placed by
El Aliso Parlor No. 314
Native Daughters of the Golden West
Dedicated October 25, 1965
Union Oil Company Building image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 18, 2007
5. Union Oil Company Building
Discovering Black Gold in Santa Paula image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 18, 2007
6. Discovering Black Gold in Santa Paula
Founders
The Orcutt Family
Dorcus hardison Thille & Family,
In Memory of A.C. Hardison
Patrons
Beverly Jasper (Mountain View Corp.)
Walter and Margaret Stewart
Unocal Corporation
Sponsors
Elizabeth Blanchard
Ernest and Joyce Carlson
Kimball Ranches - El Hogar
William and Shirley Ledbetter
Roland and grethcen Rogers
Richard and Audrey Vincent
Special Thanks To
Santa Paula Historical Society
Howard and Kay Wilson-Bolton
Owners of this building
California Oil Museum
Muralist: Jim Fahnstock, Fallbrook, CA
Discovering Black Gold in Santa Paula image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, August 18, 2007
7. Discovering Black Gold in Santa Paula
by Jim Fahnstock, Fallbrook, CA
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2011. This page has been viewed 756 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on August 10, 2020. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 3, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on December 28, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   5, 6, 7. submitted on January 3, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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