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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 when traveling east. Touch for map. Drive East 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 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Oil Refinery (approx. 2.7 miles away); Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 3.7 miles away); Rancho San Francisco
Mentryville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 15, 2012
2. Mentryville Marker
(approx. 4.2 miles away); The Ridge Route (approx. 4.5 miles away); Eternal Valley (approx. 6 miles away); Last Horse Drawn Hearse of Los Angeles County (approx. 6 miles away); Lyons Station (approx. 6 miles away).
 
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), 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
Mentryville Barn image. Click for full size.
By Konrad R Summers, May 12, 2008
3. Mentryville Barn
Clarita, California.

 
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Mentryville Barn image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 15, 2012
4. Mentryville Barn
Felton School image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 15, 2012
5. Felton School
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
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2010, by Konrad R Summers of Santa Clarita, California. This page has been viewed 1,178 times since then and 49 times this year. 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, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 16, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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