Lakeview gusher ruins

A pipe marks the center of a well called the Lakeview gusher, whose ruins sit in the heart of California's oil patch. America's biggest gusher erupted here in 1910 and for a year spewed as much as 100,000 barrels a day into an oozing, black lake.

( Al Seib / Los Angeles Times )

A pipe marks the center of a well called the Lakeview gusher, whose ruins sit in the heart of California's oil patch. America's biggest gusher erupted here in 1910 and for a year spewed as much as 100,000 barrels a day into an oozing, black lake.

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