Midway Field - Well No. 2-6

Midway Field - Well No. 2-6 (HM2EJZ)

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N 35° 10.784', W 119° 32.939'

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First Gusher

—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 barrels 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 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.
Year Placed1951
Placed ByThe Petroleum Production Pioneers
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Date Added Monday, February 25th, 2019 at 10:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 267884 N 3895950
Decimal Degrees35.17973333, -119.54898333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 10.784', W 119° 32.939'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 10' 47.04" N, 119° 32' 56.34" W
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