Discovery Well of Kern River Oilfield

California State Historic Landmark 290

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location.

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#290 Discovery Well
Kern River Field

Oil was discovered here at 70 feet in 1899 when Tom Means persuaded Roe Elwood and Frank Wiseman to dig for oil, aided by Jonathan, Bert Jud, Ken Elwood, George Wiseman, and John Marlowe.
June 1, 1899, 400 feet north, Horace and Milton McWhorter drilled the first commercial well.

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On Round Mountain Rd, 0.7 mi E of China Grade Loop, 7 mi NE of Bakersfield.

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