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Signal Hill oil gusher, in Long Beach, ca.1923
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1923
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
California Historical Society
University of Southern California Digital Library
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Rights Information
Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189
Public Domain. Release under the CC BY Attribution license-- both “University of Southern California. Libraries” and “California Historical Society” as the source. Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California
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Photograph of a Signal Hill oil gusher, in Long Beach, ca.1923. A derrick erupts with oil and smoke at center, and an arrow edited onto the photo leads to some text which reads "Union Oil co's L.B.C. 11 Signal Hill". In front of the gusher stands another tall wooden derrick, built into several house-like structures and a tank at its base. In the background, the silhouettes of several other derricks can be made out through the smoke, and a tangle of utility pole lining streams overhead. In the foreground sits a pool of water dug into the ground, in which one can see the reflection of the scene.
1 photograph : transparency, b&w
26 x 21 cm.
photographic prints
USC-1-1-1-12544 [Legacy record ID]
Industry--Oil--Los Angeles County--Long Beach
Petroleum industry and trade
Petroleum refineries
Union Oil Company of California
Oil fields
Time Period
circa 1923
Los Angeles
Signal Hill
Long Beach
1-115-64 [Microfiche number]
41130 [Accession number]
CHS-41130 [Call number]
California Historical Society [Contributing entity]
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960

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