Discovery Well of Kern River Oilfield
California State Historic Landmark 290
#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
June 1, 1899, 400 feet north, Horace and Milton McWhorter drilled the first commercial well.
On Round Mountain Rd, 0.7 mi E of China Grade Loop, 7 mi NE of Bakersfield.
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