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Huntington Beach oil wells

Huntington Beach oil wells

Jan. 28, 1940: The Huntington Beach coastline in 1940 was a forest of oil derricks. Oil discoveries in Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Santa Fe Springs in 1920 and 1921 drove massive drilling.

This photo by former Los Angeles Times staff photographer Ted Hurley was published in the Jan. 28, 1940, Sunday Rotogravure Section. The short caption reported “Huntington Beach oil wells form background for storm-hurled waves,” indicating this image was taken as a weather front moved through the Southland.

This photo has been republished numerous times, including in two Los Angeles Times books: “Images of Our Times: Sixty Years of Photography” (1988) and “Imaging Los Angeles: Photographs of the 20th Century City” (2000).

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1 Comment

  1. April 19, 2011, 8:49 pm

    I do not want fossil fuel consumerism to continue on into the future. To do this would be a failure to every living being on this planet for generations to come… It is the sort of thing you might find in hell…__

    By: Tiger8Prowess

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