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Oil Wells in Los Angeles 103 years ago [One Slick Overlay]
|| 1/6/2008 || 2:09 pm || Comments Off || ||

LA oil Oil Wells in Los Angeles 103 years ago [One Slick Overlay]

Links to 2.5mb KMZ file for Google Earth
Were the fingerprints dipped in oil too?

The other day I was hunting for maps of Baltimore and stumbled on to the map above (published in Baltimore). It was last prominently featured in the Library of Congress’ “Los Angeles Mapped” on-line exhibition. The map shows downtown Los Angeles with little black dots showing the locations of all the oil wells that existed in 1905.

I wonder how many of the old oil derricks still exist today? I also wonder if people living where the oil wells were constructed own the mineral rights for their property? A few years back I remember looking into purchasing cheap land in Wyoming and one of the stipulations on the land was that the owner would not own the mineral rights below the surface of the earth. Does this exist in present day Los Angeles? Could someone living in Los Angeles today dig a little deeper and find a new source of oil in their backyard?

For more information about this antique map, visit the Library of Congress website. Below is a secondary screen grab showing the area around Dodgers Stadium. It should be noted that the overlay does line up 100% on Google Earth, but close enough to show a change in the built environment.

dodgers oil Oil Wells in Los Angeles 103 years ago [One Slick Overlay]

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Post Title: Oil Wells in Los Angeles 103 years ago [One Slick Overlay]
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Posted in: Antique, Architectural Archeology, California, Dodgers Stadium, Google Earth, history, Interactive, Library of Congress, Location, Los Angeles, Oil
Last edited by Nikolas Schiller on 12/8/2009 at 3:18 pm



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