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Signal Hill, California, 1930's

By April 1922, only 10 months after completion of the discovery well, Signal Hill, California was covered with 108 wells, producing 14,000 barrels daily. By the fall of 1923, 259,000 barrels of crude was being produced every day from nearly 300 wells. Signal Hill was the biggest field the already productive Southern California region had ever seen....this made California the nation's number-one producing state, and in 1923, California was the source of one-quarter of the world's entire output of oil! Thomas Hamilton Payne was living here at the time of the 1930 census, working as a rotary helper.


Owner/SourceSignal Hill oil field at Atlantic and 28th Streets, circa 1930. Courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library Collection.
Linked toThomas Hamilton Payne, II

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