#172:  Pioneer Oil Refinery

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Site and private plaque at 23802 Pine St, Newhall - state plaque at Lang Blvd exit of I-5

Plaque 1: 34.369903,-118.519808
Plaque 2: 34.378306,-118.563871




Private (at site) and State Plaque (Lyons Rd).


Site and private plaque located on what may be private property. Difficult to tell. A chain link fence prohibits close access.

From the state plaque:

In 1875 the Star Oil Company, one of the predecessors of the Standard Oil Company of California, drilled its first Pico Canyon well, which yielded about one hundred barrels per day. The discovery resulted in the erection of the first commercial oil refinery in California the following year.

From the private plaque at site:

California's first oil refinery operated on a commercial scale. Erected 1876. Restored by the Standard Oil Company of California in 1930 as a memorial to D.G. Scofield and his pioneer associates of the California Star Oil Works Company, a predecessor of the Standard Oil Company of California. In 1875-1876 Mr. Scofield and his associates obtained California's first commercial production of crude petroleum in Pico Canyon six miles northwest of this point and built this refinery for the manufacture of petroleum products.

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