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Ribbon of highway passing the Signal Hill oil field near Long Beach, CA, US. September 1947 Andreas Feininger

Imagine driving through those oil wells everyday. It's definitely a striking photo, but not necessarily something I would like to experience. It seems like there could be any number of toxic or harmful fumes in this area of concentrated oil wells.

Signal Hill, CA, 1930. Oil is found in Signal Hill and Long Beach in 1921, which makes the cities flourish with new industry and an economic boom. (Signal Hill later becomes its own city, entirely surrounded by Long Beach, to avoid oil taxes.)

Signal Hill, CA, Oil is found in Signal Hill and Long Beach in which makes the cities flourish with new industry and an economic boom. (Signal Hill later becomes its own city, entirely surrounded by Long Beach, to avoid oil taxes.

Los Angeles, California - 1930s: oil derricks alongside a main highway during the oil boom.

Los Angeles, California - oil derricks alongside a main highway during the oil boom.

US Navy F-14A Tomcat flies over burning Kkuwaiti during Operation Desert Storm.

Copy negative of a US Navy (USN) Tomcat, Fighter Squadron 211 Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), in flight over burning Kuwaiti oil wells during Operation DESERT STORM.

Spurting Oil Well, Oklahoma Giclee Print at Art.com

Spurting Oil Well, Oklahoma

Thorn Creek field in Butler County, Pennsylvania was known for some of the most spectacular gushers in the Appalachians. The first big well was drilled in 1884 by the Phillips Brothers on the Bartlett farm. Their well came in on August 31 at a respectable 500 barrels a day. When they deepened it on September 3, the flow increased to 1,300 barrels, and eventually reached 4,200 barrels a day with continued deepening - matching their earlier success two decades earlier at the Tarr farm.

Thorn Creek field in Butler County, Pennsylvania was known for some of the most…

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