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McKittrick in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

McKittrick Brea Pit

California Historical Landmark

 
 
McKittrick Brea Pit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 22, 2011
1. McKittrick Brea Pit Marker
Inscription.  Located one-eighth mile west of here is ancient asphaltum seepage in which hundreds of Pleistocene (15,000 - 50,000 years ago) birds and animals were trapped. Site first explored in 1925 by the University of California, with excavation completed in 1949 by Los Angeles and Kern County Museums.
State Registered Historical Landmark No. 498

Marker placed by Kern County Historical Society, Miocene Parlor No. 228 N.D.G.W., El Tejon Parlor No. 238 N.D.G.W., and Kern County Museum.
 
Erected 1952 by Kern County Historical Society, Kern County Museum, Native Daughters of the Golden West Miocene (No. 228) and El Tejon (no. 238) Parlors. (Marker Number 498.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Paleontology. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
 
Location. 35° 17.783′ N, 119° 37.552′ W. Marker is in McKittrick, California, in Kern County. Marker is
McKittrick Brea Pit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 23, 2019
2. McKittrick Brea Pit Marker
The original marker was missing and later recovered. Now on display inside the West Kern Oil Museum. It has the same text as its replacement.
at the intersection of State Highway 58 and State Highway 33, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 58. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Kittrick CA 93251, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McKittrick Hotel and Penny Bar (approx. 0.6 miles away); Buena Vista Refinery (approx. 7.3 miles away); Midway Field - Well No. 2-6 (approx. 9.2 miles away); Buttonwillow Tree (approx. 11˝ miles away); Wallace Creek (approx. 11˝ miles away); The Fort (approx. 13.6 miles away); The Fort, Taft (approx. 13.6 miles away); History of Taft (approx. 14.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McKittrick.
 
More about this marker. A half mile west of here is the site of California Historic Landmark No. 376 — California Standard Oil Well 1.
This well was one of the early wells that in 1899 started a new oil field called the McKittrick Field. The well pumped about 150 barrels of oil per day for the first six months - its last production was in April 1929.
[Nothing is there today]
 
Additional keywords. tar pit, California Historic Landmark No. 498, California Historic Landmark No. 376
 
McKittrick Brea Pit Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 22, 2011
3. McKittrick Brea Pit Marker - wide view
The marker is mounted on a cement monument on the south side of the road.
McKittrick Brea Pit - asphalt or tar seep image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein
4. McKittrick Brea Pit - asphalt or tar seep
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2011. This page has been viewed 1,126 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on August 12, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on May 26, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on February 24, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3, 4. submitted on May 26, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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