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Cable Tool Drilling Rig

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Cable Tool Drilling Rig Marker
Inscription.
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.

[A second marker:]
Cable – Tool Drilling Rig
This authentic reconstruction of a cable-tool drilling rig, such as was used by Kern County operators at the turn of the century, is emblematic of the ingenuity of American enterprise. It is also a memorial to those pioneers who, by logic and application, overcame the problems of their time, and gave strength and stability to a great and growing institution.

Petroleum is one of the world’s most valuable resources. By modern processes it is transformed into endless
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2. Cable Tool Drilling Rig Marker
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.
Dedicated May 4, 1957
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.
 
Location. 35° 23.603′ N, 119° 1.287′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chesterfield Drive. Touch for map. Marker and drill rig are located near Donor Plaza in the Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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
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3. A Second Marker
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.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kern County Museum – Oil Derrick. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and display a photo. (Submitted on December 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. History of the Oil Industry in California and Kern County. A
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By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
4. The Second Cable Tool Drilling Rig Marker
timeline of the history of the industry in California along with links to photos and additional information. (Submitted on December 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
Drilling Rig With George O. Suman Memorial Pioneer Petroleum Exhibit Buildings image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
5. Drilling Rig With George O. Suman Memorial Pioneer Petroleum Exhibit Buildings
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By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
6. Photos Displayed on Marker
Wooden derrick in the Kern River Oil Field, circa 1910
Inset: Kern River Oil Field, KT&O lease, circa 1911
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By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
7. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Kern River Oil Fields, circa 1910

Lower Photo:
Derrick construction at the Kern County Museum in 1956.
Cable Tool Drilling Rig and George O. Suman Memorial Pioneer Petroleum Exhibits Buildings image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
8. Cable Tool Drilling Rig and George O. Suman Memorial Pioneer Petroleum Exhibits Buildings
The Cable Tool Drilling Rig image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
9. The Cable Tool Drilling Rig
Kern River Oil Fields image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
10. Kern River Oil Fields
Kern River Oil Fields image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2009
11. Kern River Oil Fields
George O. Suman Memorial Pioneer Petroleum Exhibits Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
12. George O. Suman Memorial Pioneer Petroleum Exhibits Dedication Plaque
This plaque commemorates the re-opening of the Pioneer Petroleum Exhibit Building, originally dedicated in May 1972 as a gift to the Kern County Museum from the Petroleum Production Pioneers.

This plaque also memorializes the fruitful career and good deeds of
George O. Suman 1897 – 1981
Associated Oil Co. ∙ Tide Water Associates Oil Co. ∙ Tide Water Oil Co. 1920 – 1962

A petroleum pioneer whose efforts were largely responsible for the Pioneer Petroleum Exhibit Building and the establishment of the nationally acclaimed Pioneer Petroleum Exhibits here in Pioneer Village.

These exhibits are a tribute to California’s oil industry and to the pioneer men and women who made that industry the greatest on earth.

From this day forward, these exhibits will be known as the
George O. Suman Memorial
Pioneer Petroleum Exhibits
Dedicated June 3, 1988 by the Petroleum Production Pioneers
Plaque courtesy of Robert B. Moss, Jr., Architectural Specialties, Bakersfield, California.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,892 times since then and 58 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 El Dorado Hills, California.
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