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Maricopa in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lakeview Gusher No.1

California Historical Landmark

 
 
Lakeview Gusher No.1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
1. Lakeview Gusher No.1 Marker
Inscription. America's most spectacular gusher blew in here on March 14, 1910. Initially 18,000 barrels per day, the flow later reached an uncontrolled peak of 100,000 barrels per day, completely destroying the derrick. This Union Oil Company well produced nine million barrels of oil in 18 months.

 
Erected 1952 by Moicene Parlor No. 228 N.D.G.W., Kern County Historical Society, Kern County Museum. (Marker Number 485.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 35° 5.486′ N, 119° 24.066′ W. Marker is in Maricopa, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Petroleum Club Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. 1.5 mi North of Maricopa via Hwy 33, turn onto Petroleum Club Road between Kerto and Cadet Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: Petroleum Club Road, Maricopa CA 93252, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maricopa's Jail (approx. 2 miles away); West Kern Oil Museum (approx. 3.9 miles away); Midway Cemetery - 25 Hill (approx. 4.4 miles away); History of Taft
Lakeview Gusher No.1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
2. Lakeview Gusher No.1 Marker
(approx. 4.7 miles away); The Fort, Taft (approx. 5.5 miles away); a different marker also named The Fort (approx. 5.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  One Hundred Years of Oil, "Famed Lakeview gusher came after 14 months of drilling". ...When the driller reversed power to take a strain on the cable, the heavy bailer blew out of the hole with enough force to send it crashing into the crown block at the top of the derrick. Oil spurted high into the overcast sky, men scattered, and Barnhart's horse bolted, not to be caught for a week... (Submitted on October 27, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
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Lakeview Gusher foundation image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
3. Lakeview Gusher foundation
Lakeview Gusher Pipe image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
4. Lakeview Gusher Pipe
Lakeview Gusher History Billboard image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
5. Lakeview Gusher History Billboard
Photo Displayed on History Board image. Click for full size.
6. Photo Displayed on History Board
Lakeview Gusher
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7. Photo Displayed on History Board
Lakeview Gusher Oilworkers
Photo Displayed on History Board image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 6, 2012
8. Photo Displayed on History Board
Maricopa - the early days
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 10, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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