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Notes on the Geography of The Western United States: Pioneer Oil Fields of the San Joaquin Valley: Photo 9

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This is a "power," a central motor driving a dozen wells by cables radiating in all directions. Located in the Kern River field, east of Bakersfield, this was just about the last "power" operating in the county at the time the photo was taken in the late 60s. The heyday of "powers" was short, as the cost of electric motors and electric power fell enough to justify motors at every well.

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