*a little sidenote from the author*
First, sorry for the delay for this entry, but I was busy expanding the towns in the LA region. With that being said, now I think I have quite the material for the next few entries.
Secondly, I've done some research on LA early history and I was amazed at some of the things, happened over there in the years. And some of these events will be included in this journal, when the time is right.
And finally, the first of these events comes now! Actually, it's not a historical event, as much as using LA's natural resources.
*end of the sidenote*
With all the changes that happened to the towns in Los Angeles Administrative Region in the past 20 years, the population and wealth of the region boomed. It was only a matter of time before LA was marked on the map as important beacon on the West coast. And the breakthrough came sooner than expected, and from an unexpected area as well. Mr. Samuel Blakey, a logger, living on the southern slopes of Santa Monica mountains (picture of the mountains around LA here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wpdms_shdrlfi020l_santa_ana_mountains.jpg ) was hunting for game on the northern side of the mountain, when suddenly, he stumbled upon a natural cavern, releasing bad-aired smoke. Under the constantly released smoke, he spotted something that amazed him to the core of his heart - black bubbling liquid, shining like black gold in the moments when the sun light briefly shines through the trees. Mr. Blakey found oil.
He quickly realised the importance of his discovery and rushed home. From then, he trekked from his lodge down to Chinatown. There he boarded the train for Los Angeles. Mr. Blakey had a plen - he would mine oil! The city council was exalted to hear of the precious find (and after a telegram message to the Capitol so was the president) and quickly gave Blakey the need financial loan, and their promise that, if the oil deposits prove to be large and sufficient to sustain an oil produsing industry, he will get exclusive trading rights and reduced taxes in whole of SimNation.
proposed place for the oil dig:
Blakey lost no time and headed out for Sun Valley immediately. With him there was a group of specialists and workers, just enough so he can start mining oil without delay.
At first, nothing at the valley showed any signs that underneath it there was oil:
but soon, the harvesting began:
As soon as the first oil bursted out of the ground a loud cheer echoed through the workers. A bottle of champagne was opened and "Rising Sun Oil" was found.
Rising Sun Oil logo:
A recreation of the first oil burst:
After just three months of harvesting oil, it was already known that the amount of oil under the moutain is huge, and of the best quality, to boost. The government specialists, now armed with proof that the dig is worth investing in, rushed to LA to deliver their reports. In 2 weeks the answer came:
Mr. Blakey was now an exclisive deliverer of oil for the entire East coast. LA agrees to lend him financial support, as well to build the infrastructure needed for the transportation of the oil throughout the region. Mr. Blakey agrees to take full responsibility in transporting the oil to the predetermined oil storage tanks. They must be build by Rising Sun Oil company.
The gathering of oil started with full force.
The oil dig flare stack was expanded with a brand new refinery:
And sims were now moving for permanent in the newly founded town of Sun Valley:
The town has it's own steam power plant, since all of the power of the already build coal one is used for the Oil refinery:
Not long after that, industrial factories and smelters appeared, hoping to make the best of the new resource:
In the middle of March 1904, Rising Sun Oil began construction of their first oil storage tank, and the correspondening oil pipeline from the refinery to the tank.
It was completed in 13 weeeks time:
A word arrived from LA, that a railroad, parallel with an asphalted road will be constructed to Sun Valley, so that the transportation and distributing of the oil can begin.
Sun Valley, June 1904:
*With the expansion of Rising Sun Oil, Mr. Blakey is in dire need of capable people for the board of directors. Any reader who is interested, can apply and will be personally interviewed by Samuel Blakey himself - President and owner of Rising Sun Oil inc.*
*P.S. The places are only 4 at this point.*
*P.S.S. Special thanks goes to Decius, for his outstanding Rising Sun Oil rafinery, pipeline and oil sets. (available on the STEX)*