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Stevenson Ranch in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mentryville

 
 
Mentryville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Konrad R Summers, May 12, 2008
1. Mentryville Marker
Inscription. Mentryville, named after Charles Alexander Mentry, who drilled California's first successful commercial oil well in 1876, was one of the first oil towns in the state. Mentry's restored home, barn and Felton School remain on the site where the California Star Oil Works Co., a predecessor of Standard Oil Co. of California, was founded.
 
Erected 1976 by State Department of Parks and Recreation, Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and Newhall Woman's Club, C.F.W.C. (Marker Number 516-2.)
 
Location. 34° 22.772′ N, 118° 36.638′ W. Marker is in Stevenson Ranch, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Pico Canyon Road 3 miles west of Interstate 5. Touch for map. Drive west on Pico Canyon Road from I-5 until you come to a gate on the right, on the left is the entrance to Mentryville. Marker is in this post office area: Stevenson Ranch CA 91381, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Commercial Oil Well In California (approx. 1.2 miles away); Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 2.7 miles away); Pioneer Oil Refinery (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker
Mentryville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 15, 2012
2. Mentryville Marker
also named Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 3.7 miles away); Rancho San Francisco (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Ridge Route (approx. 4˝ miles away); Saugus School Bell (approx. 4.8 miles away); William S. Hart Park and Museum (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Mentryville. In many ways, the story of Mentryville parallels that of other flash-in-the-pan boom towns that sprouted suddenly and died quietly throughout California during the 1800s. Mentryville's few remaining structures stand as silent reminders of a bygone era, when migrant seekers of gold, both yellow and black, journeyed from one locale to the next on the news of a fresh strike. (Submitted on May 15, 2010.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Pico #4, California Registered Historical Landmark NO.516
The first commercially successful oil well in California was drilled here in Mentryville (Pico #4, California Registered Historical Landmark NO.516),
Mentryville Barn image. Click for full size.
By Konrad R Summers, May 12, 2008
3. Mentryville Barn
Drilled in 1878 it produced oil until it was shut down in 1990. The marker for the well is a few miles hike from here. I have yet to get there.
    — Submitted May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California.

2. Pico #4
To see the marker at Pico #4, walk 1.5 miles up the canyon from Mentryville, along the paved path. The marker is on the right, before the pavement ends.
    — Submitted January 31, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

 
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Mentryville Barn image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 15, 2012
4. Mentryville Barn
Mentry’s Home image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 30, 2018
5. Mentry’s Home
The Superintendent’s House.
Felton School image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 15, 2012
6. Felton School
Felton School image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 15, 2012
7. Felton School
Felton School image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 15, 2012
8. Felton School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California. This page has been viewed 1,276 times since then and 91 times this year. Last updated on January 31, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California.   2. submitted on January 16, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3. submitted on May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California.   4. submitted on January 16, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   5. submitted on March 13, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   6, 7, 8. submitted on January 16, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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