WW Orcutt at the age of 12 came to California with his family, who settled in Ventura County.
In 1901 he was made manager of the Geological, Land and Engineering Departments of the Union Oil Company.
Orcutt discovered fossilized prehistoric animal bones preserved in pools of asphalt on the Hancock Ranch during his first year in Los Angeles. These would become the first of many fossils excavated from the La Brea Tar Pits.
WW Orcutt has two towns named after him in appreciation of his services to the petroleum industry: Orcutt in Santa Barbara County, and Orcutt, Colorado.
William Warren Orcutt was born on Feb 14th, 1869 at Concord, Dodge Co., MN. He died on April 27th 1942 in Canoga Park, CA.