First Commercial Oil Well In California
Later in the same year, the well was deepened to 600 feet, using what was perhaps the first steam rig employed in oil well drilling in California. Upon this second completion, it produced at a rate of 150 barrels a day, and is still producing after seventy-seven years.
The success of this well prompted formation of the Pacific Coast Oil Company, a predecessor of Standard Oil Company of California, and led to the construction of the state's first refinery nearby. It was not only the discovery well of the Newhall Field, but was, indeed, a powerful stimulus to the subsequent development of the California Petroleum Industry.
Erected 1953 by Standard Oil Company of California, and Petroleum Production Pioneers Inc. (Marker Number 516.)
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mentryville (approx. 1.2 miles away); Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 3.8 miles away); Pioneer Oil Refinery (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 4.7 miles away); Rancho San Francisco (approx. 5 miles away); The Ridge Route (approx. 5.3 miles away); American Bison (approx. 5.7 miles away); American Revolution (approx. 5.8 miles away).
More about this marker. Drive to the west end of Pico Cyn Rd, pay $5 to park at Mentryville, then walk 1.5 miles up the canyon on the paved trail. Pico #4 is on the right, before the pavement ends.
Regarding First Commercial Oil Well In California. After producing oil for 114 years, the well shut down in 1990. This is California State Historical Landmark No. 516.
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Also see . . . Pico #4 information and photos. Historic oil drilling equipment on display in this area. (Submitted on January 31, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on August 27, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 31, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 3. submitted on February 28, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 4. submitted on January 31, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 5, 6. submitted on February 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.