Signal Hill in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Discovery Well - Signal Hill Field
Shell Oil Company – Alamitos No. 1 • June 25, 1921.
One of the world’s most famous wells, Alamitos No. 1, was started on March 23, 1921, and completed June 25, 1921, at a depth of 3,114 feet, flowing 590 barrels of oil a day.
This discovery well led to the development of one of the most productive oil fields in the world and helped to establish California as a major oil producting state.
This monument commemorating Alamitos No. 1 is a tribute to the petroleum pioneers for their success here, a success which has, by aiding in the growth and expansion of the petroleum industry, contributed so much to the welfare of mankind.
(Plaque below main plaque)
Alamitos No. 1 Discovery Well recognized as an official Bicentennial Landmark. Placed by Signal Hill City Council, Signal Hill Bicentennial Commission, Mayor Keaton R. King, Vice-Mayor Nick A Hertz, Councilman William F. Mendenhall, Councilman J. Ennis Neff, Councilman Gertrude A. Beebe, Commissioners Doris M. Miller, Marjorie E. Posner, William F. Mendenhall. Dedicated January 1976.
Erected 1952 by Shell Oil Company and The Petrolum Production Pioneers. (Marker Number 580.)
Location. 33° 47.832′ N, Touch for map. Maker is on right side of entryway to Petrolum Park. . Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 Temple Ave, Long Beach CA 90806, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Discovery of Oil on the Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Unity Monument" (about 600 feet away); Car Climbs on the Hill (about 700 feet away); Japanese Farming on the Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Aviation on the Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Broadcasting and Music on the Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); “Tribute to the Roughnecks” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hilltop Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Signal Hill.
More about this marker. 2½ blocks west of Petrolum Park is the statue “Tribute to the Roughnecks” at the corner of E. Hill St. & Stanley Ave. The statue is NOT a state historic landmark, but is worth the time to stop and look.
Also see . . .
1. The Story of Oil In California. (Submitted on September 16, 2007.)
2. “Tribute to the Roughnecks” - Building a Monument (a work in progress). How this monument was created, (Submitted on September 16, 2007.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources •
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