Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Kern River Field
— California Historical Landmark —
Erected 1940 by Bakersfield Parlor No.43 N.S.G.W., El Tejon Parlor No.239 N.D.G.W., Kern County Historical Society and Kern County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 290.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
Location. 35° 25.692′ N, 118° 57.291′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Round Mountain Road 0.8 miles east of China Grade Loop, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5736 - 5798 Round Mountain Road, Bakersfield CA 93308, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Ethel's Old Corral (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gordons Ferry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Kern County Veterans (approx. 3 miles away); Home of Elisha Stevens (approx. 3.6 miles away); Oildale Waits Drilling Company (approx. 3.7 miles away); Oildale, A 100 Years Ago (approx. 4.1 miles away); Jewett Family (approx. 4.3 miles away); Beale Memorial Clock Tower (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
More about this marker. Marker is located approximately 100 feet south of the fence along Round Mountain Road. It is visible from the road. Appointment must be made to view the well and marker at its site.
Regarding Discovery Well. After oil was discovered at this site, the well was dug by hand.
This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.290 on June 27, 1938.
Also see . . .
1. California Oil Industry Comes of Age. A timeline of the history of oil drilling in California. (Submitted on December 8, 2009.)
2. Donald Laird Website of His Visits to California Historical Landmarks. A 1997 photo of the well is displayed. (Submitted on December 8, 2009.)
3. A Waymarking Post Displaying a More Recent Photo of the Well. (Submitted on December 8, 2009.)
1. Ten Historic Events That Have Shaped the History of Bakersfield
An article By Jeff Nickell published on Bakersfieldlife.com reports that one of the 10 Historic
The Discovery Well on the banks of the Kern River brought an oil boom to what became the Kern River Oil Field. Within a very short time, more than two-hundred companies were created to try their luck at drilling for oil. As noted oil historian Bill Rintoul wrote in his 1990 publication Drilling Through Time, “the names of the companies reflected everything from high hopes to pride in regional areas…including Prosperity, the Pennsylvanian, the Hawkeye State, the Sovereign, American Eagle, and Uncle Sam just to name a few.”
"The main use of crude oil from the Kern River Field’s was as fuel for locomotives. People were so enamored with the black gold that was flowing and the forest of wooden derricks, that Southern Pacific Railroad began promoting sightseeing trips from San Francisco to visit the Kern River Field. The cost of a round-trip excursion was $10.60."
— Submitted December 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,492 times since then and 150 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.