Episode 14 – McKittrick Tar Seeps


Kern County is famous for a things – but it was built on the back of oil.  This is an area where the oil was easy to access that there are areas where it comes up from ground just by walking on it – where it slowly seeps out onto the surface.  There are 5 places in the world where these natural asphalt lakes occur – of those 5, 3 of them are in California – and the one we are talking about today is along Highway 33 and the heart of the area that helped fuel the second industrial boom of our great state – that of black gold.