Name: Discovery Well of Kern River Oilfield
Site Number: #290
Date Visited: 07/19/2015
Other Designation: None
Plaque Status: Private Plaque
Location: 5792 Round Mountain Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93308
Description: Oil was discovered at 70 feet in 1899, when Tom Means persuaded Roe Elwood and Frank Wiseman, aided by Jonathan, Bert, Jed, and Ken Elwood, George Wiseman, and John Marlowe, to dig here for oil. On June 1, 1899, 400 feet to the north, Horace and Milton McWhorter drilled this region’s first commercial well.