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Coalinga, California: Iron Zoo - Oil Pump Art Team Field Report

Fresno-Coalinga Rd, Coalinga, CA
Hwy 5 about 2 hours north of Bakersfield, 2 hours south of Stockton, Coalinga exit hwy 198. Along Hwy 33 or 198, 9 miles north of Coalinga.
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Iron Zoo oil pump art.

Iron Zoo - Oil Pump Art

Oil drills and equipment decorated with paintings of animals. Jean Dakessian painted the first in the 1970s -- at the height of the project, over 50 had been transformed into whimsical creatures. Report... [02/10/2013]

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Iron Zoo.

Iron Zoo - Oil Pump Art

You can see three animals safely from the road. However they really do not want you hanging around there, and for good reason: the air smells very gassy.

[RustyRhea, 10/05/2014]

Zebra pump jack.

Iron Zoo - Oil Pump Art

We saw only 4 animals. The zebra is closest to the road.

[Kim Wheeler, 04/28/2013]

Oil pump art.

Iron Zoo - Oil Pump Art

You can spot a few of the Iron Zoo animals from the freeway, but if you drive into the entrance along 33 you'll find several more hidden in the nearby hills.

[Arlette Thibodeau, 07/01/2011]
Iron Zoo

This is an old oil town. There is this place called the Iron Zoo before outside town. These are oil drills painted up as different kinds of animals -- zebra, goat, ram, etc.

[Jennifer Parzuchowski, 11/28/2003]

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