Point Reyes Station is important for the following reasons.
- It is the community serving the Point Reyes National Seashore and the gateway to Richardson’s Bay.
- It was the home of the Pioneer Paper Company, the first paper mill in the west.
- It was a popular resort stop.
- Oil has bubbled to the surface. It is estimated that the largest oil deposit in the US is below it and the surrounding area.
- It was a stop on the North Pacific Coast RR.
This is a 1920s shot of the Point Reyes Station main street with the Grandi building on the left and the depot on the right.
This is the Point Reyes Track Plan.
Oil Field Research
While oil was never struck in Point Reyes, it has seen evidence of oil seepage.
There is an oil field in Petaluma, 25 miles to the north and east as shown on this map. Point Reyes is at the base of Tomales Bay, shown in the left lower corner of the map.
This map gives a close up view of Tomales Bay with Point Reyes at the base.
The Monteray Formation is a deposit containing oil that is the grey area two maps ago. It is estimated to contain 1.5 billion barrels of oil that could be tapped by tracking. Of course, you can imagine the uproar if this was attempted anywhere near the Point Reyes National Seashore. Aquadic birds and oil don’t live together happily.
For argument and modeling purposes we are going to stretch the truth a bit and assume a small oil deposit was tapped at Point Reyes in the late 19th century, giving the NPC another industry to serve.
Oil Derrick Modeling
The following image shows the mechanicals of an oil derrick that was a fairly standard implementation beginning around 1870. It is likely that the wooden structures enclosed the steam engine on the left and the walking beam in the middle.
This is an installation of a single derrick. It shows the Samson Post and Walking Beam. The steam engine is inside the structure.
This is an example of a stationary steam engine employed in powering oil rigs.
Modeling the Prototype
I took a look at available models. One that comes very close to the above photos is Campbell Scale Models Wood Oil Derrick.
This close up of the structure shows the walking beam and related components.
Patriot Paper Mill Research
And a later photo.
The paper mill was powered with a flume carrying water diverted from this creek.
This is a preliminary plan for the Point Reyes Oil Field scene. It will be updated as the plan evolves.