The history of the Newhall Oil District would not be complete with out including the Pioneer Oil Refinery. The Pioneer Oil Refinery is the oldest surviving oil refinery on the planet and one in every of the first (however not the first – see beneath) commercially profitable refineries in California.

ACCRA, Ghana - Members of the 435th Logistics Readiness Squadron, a petroleum, oilsIt is positioned about ?mile off of, and east of, Pine Street (south of Newhall Avenue) in Newhall on a dirt highway. It is completely surrounded by a fence. You cannot enter the site and only throughout business hours are you able to even walk utterly across the fence. There can also be a pump house on the property that was built to supply water to Pico Canyon.

In 1998, Chevron Oil donated the refinery site and 4.5 acres of land to the town of Santa Clarita.

The proposed Gate-King Industrial Park challenge can have a serious influence on the refinery. The north nook of the challenge surrounds the refinery (see map at the underside of this page). The final Environmental Affect Report was published in June of 2003, but no construction has started due to authorized issues. The developer has agreed to contribute money for the preservation of the Pioneer Oil refinery. The EIR for the venture states that (in Table ES-1):
CR-2(a) As offered in the event Settlement, the applicant shall make a payment to the town which the town, at its discretion, may apply towards the construction of a new fence that can be effective in stopping unauthorized individuals from coming into the Pioneer Oil Refinery site.

CR-2(b) Building contractors shall take precautions to both avoid utilizing heavy gear within the vicinity of the acid tank on the Refinery property or stablilize the acid tank to forestall its collapse and potential destruction.

Hopefully, the future of the refinery will likely be considered one of preservation and safety. Nevertheless, right this moment (July of 2010) scores of large rigs drive right subsequent to the positioning every single day inflicting the ground to vibrate and the air to be stuffed with dust. This cannot be a great factor for the refinery.

From the Newhall Sign webpage of eight/27/2010 comes this text “City hopes to renovate Newhall oil refinery” Is this the start of higher days for the refinery? $40K does sound like some huge cash for a study. More recent is this article titled “Oil-refinery tour reveals potential for the property” from the Sign of four/1/2011. Now the $forty,000 comes from the developer fees.

On July 12, 2011 town Council permitted a park and restoration undertaking that could cost as much as $1 million dollars (see below for the plans). Nonetheless, there are isn’t any start date and town does not have all the money. Wasn’t the developer supposed assist pay for the restoration or was paying for the research sufficient? See here for extra information. I think that they went means overboard on this. A park and amphitheater? They need to have simply restored the present constructions and fixed the fence. Now it looks like anyone will have access every time the gates are open. The truth is, who might be answerable for unlocking and locking the gates? Who will be sure that no person gets too near the stills and tanks? Will there be a guard on duty when the gates are open? If they had been prepared to spend $1 million dollars, would not it have been higher to revive the location to the best way it was in 1930 after the first restoration by adding the missing two stills and boiler (see the historical photographs)?


Pioneer Oil Refinery Pages:

Refinery Historical past

Historic Pictures

Latest Photographs

The Refining Course of


California State Historical Landmark markers for the Pioneer Oil Refinery and the Oak of the Golden Dream on Lyons Avenue simply east of the 5 freeway in entrance of Burger King

California State Historic Landmark #172 – Pioneer Oil Refinery. The marker says that it is the primary business oil refinery but that assertion might be incorrect. The Buena Vista Refinery in McKittrick, California, shipped about 4000 gallons of illuminating oil to San Francisco between 1864 and 1867 before it went out of business. See right here and here for more information on that refinery.

There can also be a marker on the west aspect of Sierra Highway as you go south just earlier than the proper-hand turn to Newhall Avenue

Model of the refinery site within the Santa Clarita Valley Historic Society on the outdated practice station in Newhall. It was constructed by Michelle Watson and her father Walter as a school project in 1997.

Nearer view of the stills. The model is covered by a glass or plastic cover, so it was laborious to get a good picture. However you possibly can all the time go down to the prepare station and see it for yourself. There is a slight error within the labeling. Stills 1 and a pair of are actually a part of the same brick base and there was a steam boiler subsequent to them. The mannequin incorrectly labels the boiler as nonetheless # 1, but does have the two stills in the identical base, so the model is correct, however the label is unsuitable.

There can be a painting above the model. There’s a label on high that claims “California’s First Oil Refinery, 1876 in Newhall, Presented by, Newhall Girls’s Membership, C.F.W.C.”. However, this was not California’s first refinery.

Map of Gate-King Industrial Park. The grey “PR” marks the Pioneer Oil Refinery property in the north section of the venture.

On July 12, 2011, the Santa Clarita City Council authorised this plan for the refinery site

The plan was revised to this on June eleven, 2013. Parking lot and bus turnout enhancements proposed by the grasp plan for the refinery had been on the gas firm easement, the place they are not allowed.