NO. 290 DISCOVERY WELL OF KERN RIVER OILFIELD - 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.
On Round Mountain Rd, 0. 7 mi E of China Grade Loop, 7 mi NE of Bakersfield. Call (661) 392-2200 for an appointment to view the site and plaque.
Old style state plaque