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The forests of oil derricks that dotted California Landscape in 1920’s-30’s

        

In the 1890s, the small town of Los Angeles (population 50,000) began a transformation driven by the discovery and drilling of some of the most productive oil fields in history. By 1930, California was producing nearly one quarter of the world’s oil output, and its population had grown to 1.2 million.
Here are some photographs of California during oil boom in 1920s-30s.

Long Beach Oil Field, 1926

Long Beach Oil Field, 1926


A forest of oil derricks sprouts up on the Signal Hill oil field, Long Beach, California, in 1937.

A forest of oil derricks sprouts up on the Signal Hill oil field, Long Beach, California, in 1937.


Oil wells in Venice, California, bringing oil up from beach area in 1952.

Oil wells in Venice, California, bringing oil up from beach area in 1952.


The forests of oil derricks dotted California’s beaches.
Huntington Beach Oil Deckers

Huntington Beach Oil Deckers


Oil derricks towered over homes, schools, golf courses, and even orange groves across the Los Angeles Basin.

Oil derricks towered over homes, schools, golf courses, and even orange groves across the Los Angeles Basin.
Venice Oilfield
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Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach