REMINDER:  Only 116 days until the Taft Diamond Jubilee -- The Taft Oildorado, Inc., celebrating Taft's 100th birthday, October 15-24 and the dedication of the Oil Worker's monument with Huell Howser present to videotape his program called, "California Gold" for public television broadcast on the West Coast.  The year 2010 is also the anniversary of the world famous Lakeview Gusher -- the granddaddy of all gushers -- that spewed 9,000,000 barrels of oil over a year and a half before it stopped flowing.  A historical marker is located at the crater of the gusher on the old road between between Maricopa and Taft. The Taft Oildorado website is oildoradodays.com.

REMINDER:  Only 116 days until the Taft Diamond Jubilee -- The Taft Oildorado, Inc., celebrating Taft's 100th birthday, October 15-24 and the dedication of the Oil Worker's monument with Huell Howser present to videotape his program called, "California Gold" for public television broadcast on the West Coast.  The year 2010 is also the anniversary of the world famous Lakeview Gusher -- the granddaddy of all gushers -- that spewed 9,000,000 barrels of oil over a year and a half before it stopped flowing.  A historical marker is located at the crater of the gusher on the old road between between Maricopa and Taft. The Taft Oildorado website is oildoradodays.com.
 
Reader Responce

 From Trice Harvey, Class of 1955, from Bakersfield, CA
    Tommy Stevens speaks for himself in this e-mail!  Ken Twisselman and I had a good visit at noon today. He spoke of a Greek family, in Craig, Colorado, who had been there for several generations. Name was like Popagjanopulos ?? Ken says there are a lot of long time Greek family in that area!!  Are you aware of them??  Little Brain

From Jerry Ault, Class of 1958, from San Diego, CA
    Pete, just for fun I often still take this road into Taft.  I remember the first time I drove home from Bakersfield as a kid in my dad’s car with the light switch on the floorboard.  It was dark going up that hill and lights weren’t the greatest on cars at that time, kinda scary for a fifteen year old.         Jerry Ault


From Trice Harvey, Class of 1955, from Bakersfield, CA
    I'm a man who knows 36 Hill !! Ed Turner an I ran down 36 Hill several times for fun!!  He lived at 29 G gas plant at, the intersection  of Taft High Way and Honolulu Rd, and some times we didn't have a ride to his house!!  I had to shift down to second  gear, in my 38 Ford. to make it over. My car had vacuum wipers; so they would stop when the engine was straining!! That's bad in rain??  Little Brain

From David Conant, Class of 1942, from Hayward, CA
    Should children witness childbirth? Good question.  Here's your answer.
    Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call. The house was very dark so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a 3-yr old girl to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby.
    Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Heidi pushed and pushed and after a little while, Connor was born.
    The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom.  Connor began to cry.
The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed 3yr old what she thought about what she had just witnessed.
    Kathleen quickly responded, 'He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place......smack his ass again!'
    If you don't laugh at this one, there's no hope for you.

From Nanci Bentz, Class of 1968
    I remember in the 7th grade, Miss McCrary's class rode our bikes over 36 Hill to Pumpkin Center. Don't remember why, but do remember nearly dying of thirst as I lagged behind everyone. What was she thinking?
    Nanci

From Betty (LeValley) Fletcher, Class of 1945, from San Jose, CA.
    Hi Pete!
    Gosh, that piece of road up the hillcertainly seemed higher in my memory.  Of course I was about two when we started our travels into town from Western Water Station #1.  It was great seeing it again.  Thanks for the memory.  
    Sometimes with my urging to "coast down the hill", Dad would go off to the right as we reached the top, and we would enter into town from a different angle.
    Movie "Twenty-Five HiIl" will be interesting to see.  We always referred to it as "Two Bit Hill ".   I think everyone did.  It was "the place"  to park.  I only heard that - don't have any good memories of that to share.
    Betty Le Valley Fletscher  

From Phyllis (Johnson) Solberg, Class of 1963, from Redding, CA
    Hi, Pete,
    That is a wonderful picture of the old highway!  Does a pretty good job of showing what the surrounding area is like.  Now if I show my friends,  they might understand where we come from.
    Phyllis Johnson Solberg

From John Silcox, Class of 1944, from Tiburon, CA
    Hey Pete-- When I was working on my Boy Scout merit badges my mom drove me out 15 miles on this road with a canteen of water and left me off to walk back to 11-C Camp for my badge qualification.  It was summer and HOT. I was very happy when I staggered home. John Silcox

From Trice Harvey, Class of 1955, from Bakersfield. CA
    That's the one!! (The 36 Hill road to Taft)  How did two lanes get so small?  The road from Buttonwillow sat on an incline too.  All the changes were good ones, but I have many years of fond memories going over 36 Hill. Thanks for the picture of the hill.  I should walk down it for me and" Bird Butt" because running would do me in for sure!! Little Brain