Oil Islands

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In Long Beach, Calif., there's a 42-acre oilfield -- offshore, in plain view of tourists, port traffic and beach lovers -- with 175-foot-high drilling towers and 1,100 wells that penetrate a vast underground. It may well be the most unique and beautiful oil drill site in America. The idea that you could drill for oil within site of a major city and do it in a way that would please the residents, was and is revolutionary. Huell visits these four architectural gems and learns about their rich history.