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  • posted: December 21 @ 12:01am
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In 1899, someone struck oil north of Bakersfield, CA. Eventually dubbed “Oildale,” between 1899 and 2006 the Kern River Oil Field has produced about 2 billion barrels of oil. With over 9,000 active wells in the area, and many more unproductive wells, Oildale has been a helpful contributor of domestic fossil fuels in the USA.

When the dustbowl crisis struck the agricultural workers of Oklahoma during the already difficult Great Depression of the 1920s, droves of people headed west to California. Made most famous by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, many of these “Okies” settled in Bakersfield.

For whatever reason, the City of Bakersfield refused to let these despised people settle within city limits, so many of them erected tents on the other side of the river, in Oildale, and some eventually went to work in the oil fields. To this day, some people in Oildale speak with a bit of a southern country accent, and are labeled pejoratively as “rednecks” and/or “Okies.” Even living in the 93308 zip code gets a person labeled “an oh eighter” – which is not considered a good thing.

My dad worked in the oil fields for over 25 years. This photo is at an inactive well owned by Chevron, and is nestled among the rigs where my dad worked.

Sources: My dad, Wikipedia, Merle Haggard’s Rolling Stone interview, and my brain.

Comments

Mike de Monk says:
kalimera as we say in Greece. today I had the same idea of making one of my traditional jump pictures. great jump sir
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 12:25am -
Ned Kelly says:
excellent sir! Id award you extra points if I could for citing ones own brain.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 2:20am -
ThatGuy says:
Great caption lesson, and I don't want to forget to mention the exceptional height of that jump. Nice.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 3:29am -
Daniel says:
So educational.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 4:45am -
Jar says:
You're not selling me on B-Field. I mean, great images and amazingly informative caption, but oil pumps and dust, that's pretty much what I thought was there....

Either way, Kinged for suit jumps!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 4:47am -
Patchy Stache says:
Heck yeah, jump! Fav'd.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 5:30am -
tedford says:
i have to agree with @jar here. i'm going to throw out a request. i want to see the Crystal Palace.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 5:47am -
keifel says:
that's what i love about whiskerino, i learn something new everyday.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 6:49am -
Just Jamey says:
Heh. Well, @jar and @tedford, hold yer horses. I'm here until the 31st. We gotta take one step at a time. Maybe I should poll the two of you on your biggest objection to Bakersfield...
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 6:53am -
falfa says:
Informative and well-dressed.

These are ingredients of a great photo.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 7:05am -
MarkyMadBeard says:
Very interesting history lesson! You should sell this photo to Chevron. :)
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 8:05am -
Pip says:
What a tale!

Also, my sister was born in Bakersfield.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 8:16am -
whipticker says:
Awesome history lesson!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 8:52am -
mattyc says:
Industrial jump
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 8:54am -
jnonfiction says:
You make oil work look almost... fun.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 9:45am -
jason says:
drill baby drill...had to say it. thanks for the sweet history lesson.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 10:43am -
SoulGlo1976 says:
AWESOMENESS!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 11:03am -
Emma says:
boing!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 11:35am -
Just Jamey says:
@nedkelly Thanks. I have found that my brain is a pretty reliable source of information.

@jason I wish I had thought of that one. Hehe. Drill baby drill!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 11:42am -
revgoomba says:
You're getting some great air there!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 11:45am -
Andrew says:
There's a lot of inactive wells near where my wife is from in TX. Looks very similar.

Love the leap!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 11:49am -
Grower&Shower says:
Jumping like a true oil tycoon!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 12:55pm -
mu says:
love hearing the history, especially as it pertains to your own family.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 12:58pm -
Le Duncan says:
What a coincidence, I have gas too!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 1:59pm -
Johnny Rebellious says:
Whoa, that's some air you got there!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 4:12pm -
mattmarch says:
There's no getting one past you!

Is this where There Will Be Blood happened??

excellent presentation sir, A+
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 4:20pm -
JoePat says:
Looks like I learned something today after all.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 4:24pm -
Yogi Beard says:
Informative and jumpy!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 6:16pm -
Chally says:
You've got some springy legs! That's like a 3 foot vertical! Interesting Bakersfield history.

I went to school in Huntington Beach --- lots of oil wells around those parts too. Our mascot is the H.B. Oiler.
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 7:29pm -
jeremiahx says:
educational beardjump!
Posted: Dec 21st, 2009 - 11:02pm -
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