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Crude Oil Floods Figueroa Street!

June 23, 1899, Crude Oil

June 23, 1899: Crude oil floods Figueroa Street. A city inspector discovered that workers dismantling a storage tank on a triangular lot at 1st and 2nd streets (recall that several downtown streets have been realigned since 1899) directed about 200 barrels of oil and sand into a storm drain that emptied at Figueroa and 18th streets. 
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