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From the Archives: Coalinga oil wells turned into art

At its 1975 peak, about 50 of Jean Dakessian’s oil well creations were spread around Coalinga. In a Dec. 1, 1975 Los Angeles Times article, Charles Hillinger reported: COALINGA — It’s the zaniest oil field in the country. Locals call it the “Iron Zoo.” The zookeeper is Jean Dakessian, a 39-year-old...
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