The town of Signal Hill is significant for two reasons: it is the only city in American surrounded by another city (Long Beach) and for the discovery of oil in 1921. For this reason the town is also known as the oil town.” Soon after the discovery of oil numerous rigs were built on the hill and as a result it became known as porcupine hill. Oil continues to be pumped but today the hill is mostly residential, as it was before oil was discovered. A park featuring a commemorative sculpture and community center help preserve the hill's oil history.
In 1900, the state of California was producing 4 million barrels of oil.
By 1910, they were producing 77 million barrels. Even though production had
increased the field began to experience “slowdowns.” Luckily, three major fields
were discovered, one in Huntington Beach
(1920), one in Santa Fe Springs (1921), and the biggest of them all, in Signal