From the plaque:
First Gusher. Midway Field - Well No. 2-6. The well which made the Midway Oil Field famous
Near an area of small 40
and 50 barrel wells, it blew in over the derrick top November
27th, 1909, with a production of 2,000 bbl. a day and
started one of the greatest oil booms California ever
experienced. For a long time it held the rank of the best producer in the whole west side, and before its glory began to wane other celebrities in the gusher line began to crowd the north Midway stage, Morning echo, Bakersfield, February 28th, 1911. Well 2-6 was located as a wildcat, on June
1, 1909 by Fred C. Ripley, then assistant manager of oil properties, Santa Fe Railway coast lines, later manager of its successor, the Chanslor-Canfield Midway Oil Company, with which he was associated 1904 to 1947.
Dedicated September 15, 1951. The Petroleum Production Pioneers.