Coalinga California Museums
Since the state's extensive oil heritage began with the first California oil, many outstanding West Coast museums have taught visitors about the history of the California oil and gas industry from the dawn of the oil industry to the present day.
In addition to the permanent oil exhibits, these museums each year present a wide range of educational programs on the history of oil and gas in California. Several oil museums are the subject of the 2008 Oscar-winning film "Blood Will Be Blood," a documentary about the California oil industry. The American Oil and Gas Historical Society provides updated links to museums and oil museums in other states. In addition, some museums have expanded their educational program to reach students, adults, families and educators.
West Hills College is also working with Fresno State University to develop a collaborative program that would allow West Hills students to take courses at Fresno University. The Brea Museum and Historical Society is a museum open to visitors by appointment. Although the museum is run by volunteers and lecturers, it is free to open and free to park and enter from 3 to 6.30 p.m., and free to park on weekends and public holidays.
From snails to earthquakes, the museum offers full-size dioramas depicting daily life in Coalinga. The Swedish heritage of the city can also be enjoyed in the vicinity of the park, which includes several historic buildings from the area that have been restored or moved to a village setting.
Many of the collectibles were donated by R.C. Baker, who invented important drills in oil tools and machine shops. Production designer Jack Fisk bought a copy of a 1914 blueprint from the West Kern Oil Museum during several museum visits. The oil exhibition was conceived and produced in Coalinga and has been visited by more than 550,000 people since it opened in 2002. This museum houses a large collection of oil and gas appliances and other artifacts from around the world.
The original building is now the R.C. Baker Memorial Museum, located at 297 W. Elm. The museum itself is housed in a former home for high-ranking hospital staff.
The museum tells the story of many companies, communities and people who benefited from the oil industry. One of the state's outstanding small museums is the Southern California Oil and Gas Museum at the University of California, San Diego, which focuses on the oil and gas industry and its impact on the California economy.
In the building that served as Reedley's first town hall, the museum's exhibits focus on the history of the city of Coalinga from its foundation in 1855 to the present day. This excellent example of a local history museum has been informing citizens since 1961. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the area of Coaleda and traces it back hundreds of millions of years. Each room is connected to each other and houses a variety of artifacts from the past, present and future.
The museum park offers free exhibits inside and outside that tell the story of the Midway and Sunset oil fields and the oil industry in Southern California. The Santa Paula Museum provides visitors with a variety of exhibits, including functioning model games, restored gas station memorabilia and historical photographs. This unique museum of coal mining shows the history of oil and gas extraction in the region from the mid-19th century to the present day. In 1915, half of all oil produced in California from the Midway / Sunset field was increased to over 1.5 million barrels of crude oil per year.
The California Memorial Museum displays hundreds of items donated to Pelco President David McDonald after the 9 / 11 attacks. This unique collection includes the American flag raised by the FDNY at Ground Zero, debris recovered from the World Trade Center site, and the uniforms worn by FD NY firefighters during the recovery operation.
The Bakery Foundation offered the town an old tool shop for use in the museum, which opened in 1961. This historic site in Orange County includes Olinda Oil and houses a vault believed to have once been used as a prison. Like other California oil museums, this exhibition building was the original home of the Union Oil Company. It was built in 1897 by Thomas B. Baker, the first president of Union, and his son George Baker. The building that houses this museum houses a collection of oil and gas drilling rigs from the early days of the California oil industry, from drilling to 1897.
In 1991, the US Department of Justice succeeded in building a large prison facility in Pleasant Valley, which has since been reopened as a museum.
The Coalinga - Huron leisure and recreation area was expanded in the 1990s and equipped with a new car park and multi-storey car park and a playground. In cooperation with the city of Coaleda, a new skate park has been built and several parks have been created that promote hiking, cycling, hiking and other recreational activities.