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On November 27, 1909, gusher 2-6 came in with a roar, 2,000 barrels of oil a day, the first gusher in the Midway Valley, in Western Kern County. From the collection of Frederic Chandler Ripley, Jr.

This camp likely replaced the earlier Vernette location. Office, recreation building, and work shops are near center of picture; houses and derricks are in background. Pepper trees are alongside houses. From the collection of Frederic Chandler…

Office houses among trees are in center of picture; Bunk house is in foreground at right; Homes Supply Company is farther to the right; a row of shops is behind foreground oil derrick at center; doctor's office, house, and hospital are at left;…

One example of the wide range of Kern County Land Company's holdings, which extended outside of California

Three men on ground near oil well buildings and man on top of derrick. Hills in background.

Oil wells with hills in background. One of the wells is gushing.

Woman and two children next to automobile with oil fields in background. Taller girl is Susie Tagawa from Hanford. Tagawa family visited friends in Coalinga.

Six people seated among wildflower with oil derricks in background.
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