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Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1923)

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This photo was taken of the city of Signal Hill, California in 1923. Located near Los Angeles and Long Beach, Signal Hill was a part of the Long Beach Oil Field and home to one of the nation’s most well known oil wells – The Alamitos No. 1. The numerous oil derricks that popped up over the area earned the city its nickname of “Porcupine Hill.” In total, the Long Beach Oil Field has produced more than one billion barrels of oil.

Photo Credit: US Library of Congress

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

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  1. 1. David Cummings 10:53 am 12/27/2013

    Great photo. Thanks.

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  2. 2. tuned 6:29 pm 12/27/2013

    Barf.
    I wish greed had never been discovered.

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  3. 3. Uncle.Al 7:16 pm 12/27/2013

    That could be ANWAR with its 8 – 14 elephants short-piped to Prudhoe Bay for trans-shipment. Crude oil closed today at $99.55/bbl (42 US gallons). Reasonable 10 billion recoverable bbl is a $trillion worth of petroleum. How could that possibly help the ZIRPed and QE 3′d US national economy?

    Who hears Artic black flies when they cry? Everybody!

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  4. 4. CarefulReview 9:52 am 12/30/2013

    Very cool history! Thank you.

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