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Pico Canyon Oil Well Production Records
List of Pico Canyon Oil Wells
      With abandonment dates

CSO-4 (Pico No. 4), 1876-1990
      With documentation re: maintaining National Landmark status after closure

Star No. 1, 1884-1977
      Drilled by Hardison & Stewart

Pico Canyon | Mentryville

The Story of Mentryville by Leon Worden • Friends of Mentryville
History of Pico Canyon Oil Production by Arthur B. Perkins • HSSC Quarterly, December 1958.
Oil Production in Santa Clarita Valley, 1876 by Ludwig Salvator, Archduke of Austria • Prague 1878.
October 2003 Fire Coverage
*WAY BACK WHEN: Commentaries by Darryl Manzer • The Signal, 2004-05
Eulogy to Charles Alexander Mentry, 1847-1900 by Demetrius G. Scofield • Gazette, Sept. 1997
The Pico Ghost Camp by Arthur B. Perkins, 1962.
Some Notes About Alec Mentry's Birth Name by Leon Worden • 3-1-2014


Hughes Claim: Medium Helps 'Spiritualist' Strike Oil in Pico, 1865 • News Articles 1874-1877
The San Fernando (Incl. Newhall/Pico) Oil Region • Titusville Morning Herald, 1-9-1877
Description of Newhall Town & Pico Oil Equipment (Earliest Known Mention of Mentryville) • Los Angeles Times, 9-26-1882.
Oil Tank Erected, Worker Killed News Reports • 1883
The Mysterious Disappearance and Death of Alec Mentry's Father News Reports • 1886-1899
Description of 1893 Pico Canyon Earthquake • Smithsonian Institution, 1898.
An Epidemic of Earthquakes in Pico Canyon • Los Angeles Herald, 4-10-1893.
Motorists Visit Site Where First Oil Well Was Drilled • San Francisco Chronicle, 12-1-1918.
Walton Young Retires from Standard Oil Co. • The Signal, 5-19-1927
How did Alex Mentry die? by John Boston • The Signal, 10-4-2001.
Ramon Perea: A Forgotten Name at Pico by Leon Worden • The Signal, 2-17-2004
Pico Canyon Boarding House Days, 1906-1915 by Ruth Saunders Albright
Patricia Westcott Kelly's Pico Canyon Scrapbook • 2001
Special Memories of Pico Canyon by Bill Rundberg • The Gazette, July 4, 1997
The Only Kid in Mentryville by Darryl Manzer • The Gazette, Spring 1997
Why There's Wood Fences in Mentryville by Darryl Manzer • The Signal, 12-13-2004
Lagasses Kept Town Alive for 30 Years by Laurie Sachtleben • Gazette, Sept. 1997
New Plaque Marks Mentryville's 125th by Stacey Klein • The Signal, 9-27-2001
Mentryville Barn: Plans Call for Restoration • Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, 2-8-2002
Before Quigley, There Was Mentry by Leon Worden • The Signal, 4-19-2003
Pieces of Pico's Past by Leon Worden • The Signal, 4-26-2003
Sitzman's Mentryville Collection Comes Home by Patti Rasmussen • The Signal, 2-15-2004
Video: Mentryville Walking Tour with Darryl Manzer SCVTV, 7-24-2011
Perspectives Shape Memories of Mentryville By Darryl Manzer • SCVNews.com, 3-17-2013
Removing Our History, Piece by Piece By Darryl Manzer • SCVNews.com, 6-9-2013
Life at Pico, 1960s Style By Darryl Manzer • SCVNews.com, 1-5-2014

CH1000 - Pico (CSO) No. 4, 6/26/1877. 65K.
LW2222 - Pico (CSO) No. 4, c. 1877.
CH1020 - CSO Hill, 1883.
AP2019 - CSO Jackline Plant, pre-1962.
AP2102 - Merle Cook at Jackline Hookup, pre-1962.
CH1030 - The Mentry Family, c. 1883-1884. 59K.
CH1030a - Mr. & Mrs. Charles Alexander Mentry, c. 1883-1884. 28K.
LW2498 - Oil Works, ~1885.
AP0123 - Mentryville Residences, 1885-1891.
CH1050 - Town Fathers, c. 1891. 94K.
AP0127 - Oil Men of Pico, 1880s-90s.
CH1040 - Charles Alexander Mentry, 1893. 65K.
CH1070 - Charles Alexander Mentry, undated.
LW2451 - William E. Youle, Pioneer Oil Driller.
LW2452 - Dr. Vincent Gelcich, Early Pico Oil Field Promoter & Investor. 2 Views.
DM0100 - Pico Cottage (Mentryville Big House), date unknown.
CH1060 - Mentryville Dance Hall (inside), ~1890s.
AP9001 - PCO Hill, ~1890s.
DP9901 - Charles A. Mentry: Specifications, Patent No. US647605-A: Expansion-Reamer (Granted 1900).
AS0001 - Charles Alexander Mentry's Death Certificate: Shows Typhoid Fever, 10-4-1900.
HS0500 - Overview of Mentryville, c. 1900.
HS9015 - Walton Young Family Homestead, June 1905.
AP1732 - Pico Boarding House, ca. 1900s.
AP0629 - Pico Oil Worker's Tent Home, ca. 1900s.
AP2006 - Machine Shop Area (Oil Works), November 1910.
AP2118 - Machine Shop Area (Oil Works), 1910s.
CH1260 - Felton School & Dance Hall, c. 1920s.
RL2801 - Overview of Mentryville, c. 1920s. 89K.
CY0000 - Mentryville: Cheney Family Photos, 1922-1939. Multiple Images.
LW2323 - Multiple Views of Mentryville in "The Last Roundup" (1929) — Dance Hall, School, Tin Garage, Barn, Chicken House, etc.
CH1010 - Pico (CSO) No. 4, 3-11-1931.
BR4801 - Pico Cottage, aka Big House, 2 Views, 1948.
BR5120 - Bill Rundberg, Pico Resident, 1948-1953. 2 Views, 1949 & 1951.
BR5130 - Inside the Schultz Home. Photo, 1951 or 1952. 54K.
BR5201 - Outdoor Wedding & Party in Pico Cottage (Big House), 2 Views, 1952.
AP0911 - Jackline Plant Remnants, ca. 1960.
KT0100 - Alton & Pat Manzer, Pico Residents, 1960-1966. Color Photo, 1950s.
NP6101 - The Big House sans chimney, 1961.
NP6102 - Felton School, 1961.
NP6103 - Pico No. 4 Oil Well, 1961.
AP2016 - Darryl Manzer at Firehouse, PCO Hill, ca. 1961.
AP2017 - Darryl Manzer at Field Office, CSO Hill, ca. 1961.
KT0200 - Alton Manzer at Pico No. 4 Oil Well, 1960s.
KT0110 - Darryl Manzer, Pico Resident, 1960-1966. Photo, 1968. 27K.
CL0100 - Carol & Frenchy Lagasse, Pico Residents, 1967-1994. Color Photo, 1980s. 41K.
GJ0003 - Collectors Remove, Salvage Pico Jackline Plant Engines, 1974-75. 119 Views.
LW2302 - Quake-damaged Big House. 2 Views, 1995-1996.
LW2435 - Southern Oaks Section of Stevenson Ranch Under Constuction, 3 Views, 11-17-1999.
LW-SG2058 - Larinan Ranch House Burns Down, 7-22-2000 by Eric Thayer • The Signal, 7-23-2000.
LW2147 - Cheney Family Visits Mentryville After 63 Years (Multiple Views), 10-12-2001.
DM0601 - Comtemporary Photos: Mentryville Big House, Felton School & Barn in January 2006.
LW2480 - Small Marine Fossils, Pico Canyon, 9-21-2013.
Gallery - Old Oil Field Equipment at Mentryville, Multiple Views, 5-8-2014.
Gallery - Pico Cottage, aka Big House, Interior & Exterior. 31 Views, 8-6-2014.
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