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Brea in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Olinda Oil Museum and Trail

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, September 26, 2009
1. Olinda Oil Museum and Trail Marker
Inscription. On this site, Edward L. Doheny drilled the first oil well in the Olilnda field in 1897. Olinda #1, drilled to 806 feet, pumped about 50 barrels per day (bpd). By 1898, ten wells were drilled, some producing up to 100 bpd. In 1899, the Santa Fe Railroad built a branch line to the oil field, and the settlement of Olinda was founded. This historic place is preserved to commemorate the pioneering spirit of the people of Olinda.
 
Erected 2008 by Orange County Board of Supervisors and Orange County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 50.)
 
Location. 33° 55.587′ N, 117° 50.232′ W. Marker is in Brea, California, in Orange County. Marker is on Santa Fe Road east of Railway Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4025 Santa Fe Road, Brea CA 92823, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Olinda (approx. half a mile away); Birthplace of Richard Milhous Nixon (approx. 2.8 miles away); Richard Nixon Birthplace (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bradford House (approx. 3 miles away); Don Gaspor Portola (approx. 3.2
Olinda Oil Museum and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, September 26, 2009
2. Olinda Oil Museum and Marker
miles away); Macadamia Tree (approx. 3.3 miles away); Yorba Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away); Site of Don Bernardo Yorba Hacienda (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brea.
 
Also see . . .  Olinda Oil Museum. Olinda Oil Museum and Trail has preserved a vital part of local history by protecting a 12 acre historical park to recapture the sights, sounds, smells and the vital role Olinda played in the development of the area. Olinda Oil Well #1 drilled in 1897, and more than 100 years later is still pumping. (Submitted on December 3, 2011.) 
 
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Olinda Oil Well #1 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, September 26, 2009
3. Olinda Oil Well #1
In 1897, Olinda's first well was drilled to a depth of 806 feet. It began pumping about 50 barrels a day. This site, Olinda's first well, is being preserved to commemorate the pioneers who operated this early oil field.

As of January 2004, the estimated oil produced from this well was 111,780 barrels. Yet after more than a century of continous operation, this symbol of a fascinating history continues to produce at the rate of about two barrels per day.

Today the well is owned and operated by BreitBurn Energy Company.
Olinda Oil Well #1 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, September 26, 2009
4. Olinda Oil Well #1
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 659 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3, 4. submitted on December 10, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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