The oilfields of Kern: a photo essay

Like the sound of a train’s steam whistle, the oil rig harkens back to an earlier less complicated age. For those who live in Kern County, however, these oil wells and others like them represent the life blood of the community.

Placed seemingly at random throughout town the ubiquitous rigs are a constant reminder of the area’s dependence on oil. Discovered in 1899 the Kern oilfields are the fifth largest oil producer in the country.

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