Friday, July 30, 2010

Taft, California Oil Field


This picture was taken in 1910, and shows the oil fields in Taft California. If you click on the image, you will get a better look at the details. This really looks like the classic old Western boom town. I wonder if Taft ever became a real city, or just died away after the oil boom.

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  1. Oh no. Taft is alive and well today. In fact, Oildorado Days is celebrated this year in October. It only happens every 5 years. This year marks their 100th year for being incorporated. More here:'
    http://www.oildoradodays.com/

    They also have the West Kern Oil Museum:
    http://www.westkern-oilmuseum.org/

    It's still a very strong oil town with the Elk Hills Oil Reserve underneath them.

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  2. http://www.cityoftaft.org/cot/

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  3. Taft is going strong. In fact, with all the oil revenue, their schools are some of the best funded in the state. Although, as a point of curiosity, their town was originally called Moron (before the term had a negative meaning). The town burned and when it was rebuilt, they renamed their town after the president.

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  4. For fun, rent the movie, "The Best of Times" circa 1986. Robin Williams and Kurt Russell are from Taft and play in a football game against rival Bakersfield, years after high school glory. Fun, innocent movie, shows Taft for what it could have been...

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  5. Hah! "The Best of Times" - I'd almost forgotten that movie!

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  6. I think Huel Howser was in Taft on one of his shows. It wouldn't surprise me at all. I was trying to find some images of Brea Canyon during it's boom. The rigs are all still there, creaky and tottering. It's a little creepy to drive the canyon actually.

    I have a new old photo blog, if anyone is interested. It's http://whowerethey.wordpress.com. Hope you don't mind me linking from here. You partially inspired me to get into the old photo business. ;-)

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