Signal Hill in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Oil Fires on the Hill
Part of the “Memory Necklace”
—A Series of Historical Panels Located in the Hilltop Loop Trail —
The Black and Drake well near Walnut and Willow (to the left of this view shed) was a huge “gusher.” During the month it blew uncontrolled, it spewed a lake of oil about 30 feet in diameter. The “gusher” blew rocks through adjacent homes burying the neighborhood 4 - 5 feet deep.
Gas flares were common enough that many wells did not need any other lighting to operate at night. When conditions like a wintry cold fog trapped it low to the ground, the raw gas became a time bomb. Any spark (cigarette, automobile, etc.) could have explosive effects.
In 1933, a blast of fumes at the Richfield Meander
Location. 33° 48.016′ N, 118° 9.896′ W. Marker is in Signal Hill, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Panorama Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2601-2607 Panorama Drive, Signal Hill CA 90755, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hilltop Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Tribute to the Roughnecks” (about 600 feet away); Broadcasting and Music on the Hill (about 700 feet away); Early Aviation on the Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Japanese Farming on the Hill Car Climbs on the Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Unity Monument" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Discovery of Oil on the Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Signal Hill.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 222 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.