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Collection Details


Collection Name: Long Beach Area History: Signal Hill
Repository Name: California State University, Long Beach. Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Long Beach, California, United States
URL: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/voaha/summary/page33.html
Material Formats: [11 documents with audio]
Dates Spanned: 1989-1991
Description: Oil was discovered on Signal Hill, north of the City of Long Beach, in 1921. Soon more wells were brought it and the field spread into the City. As more people moved into the area to work on the wells and the developments that followed them, people in pre-existing neighborhoods worried that the field's spread might bring out of control wells, smelly sump holes and dangerous equipment near their homes. In response, Long Beach adopted regulations that limited oil development. Even as the City incorporated outlying neighborhoods that filled with the homes of oil workers and those in related industries, people on top of the hill, near the center of petroleum development, resisted. And in 1926 they incorporated their own City of Signal Hill which is completely surrounded by the City of Long Beach.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 11
Interviews: [11 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: Industry and Labor; Environment; Economics
ASP Subjects: California; City planning; Community development, Urban--Signal Hill (Calif.); Long Beach, CA; Oil fields--Equipment and supplies; Oil fields--Signal Hill (Calif.); Oil industries--Signal Hill (Calif.); Oral history; Signal Hill, CA; United States
Collection Code: OHC0004579