West Kern Oil Museum

West Kern Oil Museum (HM1NW5)

Location: Taft, CA 93268 Kern County
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N 35° 7.993', W 119° 26.894'

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The Jameson # 17 oil derrick, which was drilled in 1917 and produced until
the 1980's, 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 in West Kern County.
HM NumberHM1NW5
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2015
Placed ByPeter Lebec Chapter 1866, E Clampus Vitus
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 276934 N 3890560
Decimal Degrees35.13321667, -119.44823333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 7.993', W 119° 26.894'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 7' 59.58" N, 119° 26' 53.64" W
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Area Code(s)661
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1168 Wood St, Taft CA 93268, US
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