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California Gas Stations (page 8)

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former Gilmore station
Glendale, CA
This former Gilmore station was probably built in the early 1940s. These photos are from 2013. By 2017, the building had been painted grey and red. It now houses a used car dealership. [map]

former Gilmore station
Napa, CA

2008:

2016:
This former Gilmore station was built sometime between 1939 and 1942. In 1950, it was in use as a Mobil station. By 2010, the station had been painted brown. It had been repainted again by these 2014 photos above. The building houses Rico's Auto Detailing. [map]

former station
Bakersfield, CA
This former station appears to have been a Gilmore station like those above with its canopy removed at some point. The building now houses Ace Smog. [map]

former Union Oil station [gone]
Napa, CA
This former Union Oil station was built around 1947. The building had been vacant since 1996. These photos are from 2008. In 2010, the building was endangered. In 2012, it was dismantled and put in storage.

former Shell station
Tracy, CA
former station
San Bernardino, CA
The former Shell station in Tracy would have looked like this one originally. The building now houses Honest Auto Sales. I believe this canopy design was unique to Shell. [map]

This former station in San Bernardino now houses Express Smog & Muffler. It was probably built as a Shell station. The pylon seems to be the right shape. The design of both canopies matches the one at the Tracy station. However, there is no projecting lip above the office and I don't think I've ever seen a Shell of this era with poles like that. [map]

former Gilmore station
Los Angeles, CA

2013:

2015:
This former double-canopied Gilmore station was designed by R.J. Kadow and built in 1935. It became a Mobil station in 1945 when Gilmore merged with that company. In its final years, the was a Texaco station. The building has been vacant for many years. Neither canopy has supporting poles at this point. In 2008, one of the canopies appeared to have been struck by a truck. After that, chain link fencing was installed around the station. These photos are from 2013. The separate canopy structure appears to have been built at the same time as the station or shortly thereafter. The station has been declared a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument. In 2015, the building was adapted for a Starbucks. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former station
San Carlos, CA
According to the owners, this former station was built in 1946. It was a 76 station at some point. The office and separate bay building were assembled from a prefabricated kit. The buildings now house Nielsen Automotive which still sells Olympian gas and offers repairs. [map]

former station
Fresno, CA
This double-canopy former station looks like it might have been a Gilmore or a Texaco station originally. [map]

former Flying A station
Berkeley, CA
This former Flying A station now operates as Bridgeway Service and a Coast station. [map]

former station
McFarland, CA
This former station appears to have been related to the Famoso Motel next door which has some of the same cinder block construction. I don't know when it was built or what brand was sold here originally. It looks like it might have been a Flying A station originally. This was once a Texaco station and later a Chevron station. However, the pumps were removed long ago and the building was abandoned for many years. In 2013 when these photos were taken, it appeared to be in use as a tire and repair shop. [map]

former station
Lemon Grove, CA
This former station features the longest canopy that I've ever seen. The pumps have been removed and the building has been vacant since at least 2008. [map]

former Mobil station
Colusa, CA
former Mobil station
Fresno, CA
This former Mobil station in Colusa now houses Tri County Petroleum. [map]

This former Mobil station in Fresno is now used as a smog check business. [map]

I don't know of any other Mobil mushroom canopies like these that have survived in California. There are only about 13 others left around the country. For more intact examples of these statues, see these in North Carolina.

former Mobil station
Los Angeles, CA
2008: 2012:
This former Mobil station was supposedly built in 1940. It looks more like late 1940s to me. The building is now used as an auto repair shop. This drum type station originally looked like this one in Clinton Township, MI which is now gone. [map]

Mobil station
Encinitas, CA
This Mobil station was built in 2007. The 7-Eleven convenience store which shares the lot was built to simulate the Mobil drum design described directly above. [map]

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