Introduction to Avenal, California
The Spanish word for oats or oat fields is 'Avena', and the Spanish soldiers named the area 'Avenal' as the region was covered with waist high wild oats. These oat fields looked like golden silk and entirely covered the Kettleman Plains. American settlers arrived in this area in the 1850s and after an initial attempt at farming and cattle raising, the people realized that oil was located in the hills. There was natural seepage around the Coalinga and Tar Canyon region, and the first oil well was drilled in 1900. This discovery had a tremendous positive effect on the city's growth and development. The City of Avenal was officially incorporated in September 1979.
Avenal and nearby Attractions
- Avenal Branch Kings County Library
- Kettleman Compressor Station
- Avenal City Hall
- Murray Fire Control Station
- Arroyo del Camino
- Eleven P Plant
Things To Do In Avenal
The history of Avenal finds expression in the city's memorial buildings, city halls, and public libraries. The booming oil industry in the region has left its mark in the form of the Kettleman Compressor Station and the various plants around the city. Avenal also has some beautiful lakes and creeks like the Larguito, the Esquinado, the Curvo, and the Arroyo del Camino. One can also visit the Floyd Rice Park which has fun rides and provides entertainment possibilities for adults and children alike.
Paso Robles Municipal is the local avenue for air transportation.
Avenal Higher Education
The city is served by the West Hills Community College.