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

West Kern Oil Museum

 
 
West Kern Oil Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price
1. West Kern Oil Museum Marker
Inscription.  The Jameson # 17 oil derrick, which was drilled in 1917 and produced until the 1980s, was scheduled to be torn down. In 1974 the local American Association of University Women and several dedicated people convinced Jameson Oil Company to donate the wooden derrick along with three acres of land to give the West Kern Oil Museum, Inc. a promising start. The Jameson # 17 was the last standing wooden derrick in California, outlasting more than 7000 wooden derricks that covered the Midway-Sunset Field. Due to safety issues the derrick finally had to be torn down in 2003. However, the museum had the original plans, and in 2005 raised an exact replica of the derrick. Today, the replica stands over the original well, and is a part of the museum, which has grown to 8 acres.

The story of the oil companies, of everyday life in early oilfields and camps, as well as the story of oil itself are exhibited and interpreted within the museum.

The museum, run entirely by volunteers, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting artifacts, books, and equipment that tell the story of oil in California, particularly
West Kern Oil Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Price
2. West Kern Oil Museum Marker
in West Kern County.
 
Erected 2015 by Peter Lebec Chapter 1866, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 7.993′ N, 119° 26.894′ W. Marker is in Taft, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Wood Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the grounds of the West Kern Oil Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1168 Wood Street, Taft CA 93268, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Taft (approx. 0.8 miles away); Midway Cemetery - 25 Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Fort (approx. 1 miles away); The Fort, Taft (approx. 1 miles away); Lakeview Gusher No.1 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Maricopa's Jail (approx. 5 miles away); Midway Field - Well No. 2-6 (approx. 6 miles away); Tulamniu Indian Site (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taft.
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
Oil Derrick Replica image. Click for full size.
circa 2006
3. Oil Derrick Replica
Original Oil Derrick in 1994 image. Click for full size.
circa 1994
4. Original Oil Derrick in 1994
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Alan Price or Jayne Hotchkiss-Price of Caliente, California.   3. submitted on February 27, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   4. submitted on April 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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