Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Cable Tool Drilling Rig
Kern County is one of the top oil producing areas in the United States. Four oil fields in Kern County have each produced over one billion barrels of oil.
In 1899, the discovery of oil on land near the Kern River started an oil boom. The oil boom resulted in the construction of hundreds of wooden derricks north of Bakersfield over the next few years.
A cable tool drilling rig uses a cable or rope to raise and lower a large metal drill bit. The drill bit pounds on the ground breaking up soil and rock digging a cylindrical tube or well into the earth.
The Petroleum Production Pioneers, in cooperation with numerous oil companies and volunteers, constructed this replica of a cable tool drilling rig on the grounds of the museum in 1957.
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Petroleum is one of the world’s most valuable resources. By modern processes it is transformed into endless commodities that add to the convenience and comfort of mankind. It has brought immeasurable benefit to the citizens and industries of the San Joaquin Valley.
This cable-tool rig very fittingly represents an important era in the evolution of oilwell drilling techniques and, hence, an equally important era in the history of Kern County.
Petroleum Production Pioneers
Kern County Museum Oil Committee
Kern County Board of Supervisors
Erected 1957 by Kern County Museum, Petroleum Production Pioneers, Kern County Museum Oil Committee and Kern County Board of Supervisors.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources. A significant historical date for this entry is May 4, 1957.
Location. 35° 23.603′ N, 119° 1.287′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chesterfield Drive. Marker and drill rig are located near Donor Plaza in the Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Standard End Pumping Unit (a few steps from this marker); Metcalf House (within shouting distance of this marker); Havilah Courier (within shouting distance of this marker); Court House and Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Assay Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Fellows (within shouting distance of this marker); Fraternal Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Dentist's Office (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
Regarding Cable Tool Drilling Rig. The term “derrick” comes from Thomas Derrick, a hangman, who invented a type of gallows using a beam and pulley system during the Elizabethan era. He is reported to have executed over 3,000 people with his gallows device. This device later became known as a "derrick". The term was later used to describe other lifting devices using a similar support mechanism.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,089 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on December 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.