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Barnsdall-Rio Grande station
Goleta, CA
This former Barnsdall-Rio Grande station was built in 1929. The 40 foot tall tower functioned as a water tower, providing pressurized water to the station. The station won many awards and was a showcase for the Rio Grande Oil Company which had oil fields nearby. This station is located on a bypassed section of old Highway 101. I believe the station has been vacant since it closed in 1950. The building is a protected landmark. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Chevron station
Los Angeles, CA
This Chevron station was built in 1938 as a Standard Oil station. The service bays on the left now house Anthony's Flower Mart. [map]

Chevron station
Berkeley, CA
This Chevron station looks like it was probably built in the 1920s or 1930s. [map]

former station
Berkeley, CA
This former station now houses Peter's Automotive Service. [map]

former station
Berkeley, CA
This former station now houses Henry's Service. [map]

former station
Berkeley, CA
This former station was designed by Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr. and built in 1930. The station was originally operated by the Richfield Oil Company. The surrounding buildings on the lot appear to have been service bays. The property is now used as a parking lot for University of California at Berkeley shuttle buses. [map]

Carmel Highlands Station
Carmel, CA
The Carmel Highlands Station was most likely built in the mid-1930s when the Coast Highway was completed. It is still operating as a gas station. The building next door is used as a convenience store. It may have been used as a service garage or restaurant. Does anyone know more about these buildings? [map]

former station
Arbuckle, CA
former station
Salinas, CA
This former station in Arbuckle was vacant when this photo was taken in 2015. [map]

This former station in Salinas now houses the Toro Place Cafe. [map]

former station
Ventura, CA
former station
San Miguel, CA
This former station in Ventura now houses the 5 Day Tire Store. [map]

This former station in San Miguel now houses the San Miguel Coffee Station. [map]

former station
Fresno, CA
2013: 2017:
This former station housed Fresno Muffler Service when this photo was taken in 2013. By 2014, the building was housing Leo's Smog. [map]

Cucamonga Service Station
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

2008:

2015:
The Cucamonga Service Station was built in 1915. In the 1920s, it became a Richfield station. In the 1970s, it became an Arco station. The station has been vacant for many years. These photos are from 2008. In 2010, the garage behind the station (third photo from 2008 above) collapsed. In 2013, the station was acquired by the Route 66 ICA (Inland Empire California Association). The organization has restored the building and plans to rebuild the garage. In 2015, the building was repainted yellow. A vintage Richfield sign was added to the roof. For more, see this website. [map]

former station
Monrovia, CA
This former station appears to be from the 1920s or 1930s. There are Flying A pumps installed. I don't know what brand of gas was sold here originally. [map]

Carl Luck Filling Station
San Juan Bautista, CA
The Carl Luck Filling Station was built in the 1920s. In the 1970s, the building was donated to the city. It has been used as the Historical Society's museum since 1999. [map]

former Richfield Beacon station
Mount Shasta, CA
This Richfield Beacon station was built in the early 1930s. There were several stations of this design built in Northern California and Washington along Highways 99 and 101. Each of them had a 125 foot tall tower. These towers were lit and served as beacons for airplanes at night. The vertical letters on two sides of the towers spelled out "Richfield." The third side had letters for the location, in this case, the letters "MS" for Mount Shasta remain. The building has been vacant for many years. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

former Richfield Beacon station
Paso Robles, CA
This Richfield Beacon station was built by 1929. The tower was removed in 1995. The building has apparently been vacant for many years. [map]

former Richfield Beacon station
Santa Rosa, CA
This Richfield Beacon station was built around 1928. The building was moved from a different location in town sometime before 1952 and converted into a house. [map]

former Richfield Beacon station
Willows, CA
This Richfield Beacon station now houses a trucking company. [map]

There are two other Richfield Beacon station survivors left in Oregon.

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