preserving the past for our future

Classic Photos of Signal Hill

in the Oil Boom days

Photo from about Orange & 27th, looking  through the cemetery toward Long Beach.

Not allowed to drill in the cemetary, oil derricks surrounded this special place.

Oil often flowed down the streets and would create lakes of crude oil

Looking west down Willow with the cemetery located on the right

Looking toward Long Beach from the top of the hill.  Steel derricks began to replace the old wooden derricks that were a fire hazard.

The Long Beach oil field, which is the one below Signal Hill, was once the largest oil producing area with more oil per acre than any place in the world.  As more oil was discovered nearby, in 1935 it still remained one of the largest producers.