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Petrolia in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

California's First Drilled Oil Wells

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, April 13, 2001
1. California's First Drilled Oil Wells Marker
Inscription. California's first drilled oil wells producing crude to be refined and sold commercially were located on the north fork of the Mattole River approximately three miles east of here. The old Union Mattole Oil Company made its first shipment of oil from here in June 1865 to a San Francisco refinery. many old well heads remain today.
 
Erected 1955 by California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Eureka Oil Information Committee and the Western Oil and Gas Association. (Marker Number 543.)
 
Location. 40° 19.463′ N, 124° 17.225′ W. Marker is in Petrolia, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is on Front Street east of Sherman Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petrolia CA 95558, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cape Mendocino Lighthouse (approx. 8.7 miles away); The Pacific Lumber Company (approx. 14.7 miles away); Scotia Museum (approx. 14.7 miles away).
 
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California's First Drilled Oil Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, April 13, 2001
2. California's First Drilled Oil Wells Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 25, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 25, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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