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California Richfield Gas Stations

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At first glance, these stations might be confused with Texaco stations. There are two easy ways to differentiate between the two designs. These Richfield stations have rings at the top of the canopy supports. The Richfield canopies also have square rather than rounded corners.

former Richfield station
Coalinga, CA
This former Richfield station was built in 1934. In 2004, it was moved here from another part of town and restored. The building is now owned by the R.C. Baker Memorial Museum which is located next door. The station is protected from vandals by a fence. The museum offers tours of the building. For more, see this website. [map]

former Richfield station
Lemon Cove, CA
This former Richfield station was built in 1942. It has been vacant since at least 2008. These photos are from 2013. [map]

former Richfield station
Glendale, CA
This former Richfield Station was built in 1936. It closed in the 1980s and was abandoned for many years. In 2007, it was restored and incorporated into Adams Square Park. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

former Richfield station
Glendale, CA

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This former Richfield station was built in 1935. From the decals near the door, this must have been a Mobil station in its final years of pumping gas. The building housed Ivy's Flower Station from 2006 until around 2010. It had been vacant since then. Sometime after 2013, the building was repainted yellow and purple and became home to the Hyacinth Flower flower shop. The separate building on the property looks like it was built for restrooms. I don't know if it was built at the same time as the station itself. That building is now used by Yoga Vibe which is located behind the gas station. [map]

former Richfield station
Oakland, CA
2008: 2014:
This former Richfield station now houses S&K Auto Service. [map]

former Richfield station
Los Angeles, CA
former Richfield station
Napa, CA
former Richfield station
Joshua Tree, CA
This former Richfield station in Los Angeles was in use as a tire shop when I took this photo in 2008. I did not make note of the location. Does anyone recognize where this is?

This former station in Napa was supposedly built as a Richfield station around 1936. The building now houses Napa Smog Test Only. [map]

This former Richfield station in Joshua Tree was built in 1946. There must have been a fin on top of the canopy originally. The rings on the poles look original. However, either the canopy was replaced with a longer one or the poles have been moved further back. Since 2013, the building has housed The Station, an event space. [map]

former Richfield station
Sacramento, CA

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This former Richfield station was built in 1936. The prefabricted building had been abandoned since the 1960s. In 2012, the building was restored and reopened as the Tako Korean BBQ restaurant. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Rio Grande station
Fresno, CA

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This former Rio Grande station was built in 1938. The building was in use as a speedometer repair shop in 2008. In 2011, the building was badly damaged in a fire. By 2013, the walls of the office and bay building had been removed. The building is vacant and surrounded by chain link fencing. In 2014, the walls returned and the station was restored. It is still behind fencing and two pumps have been installed. Rio Grande was a secondary brand of Richfield Oil which explains why this canopy is identical to those used by Richfield. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former station
Los Angeles, CA
This former station was probably built as a Richfield station. The building has housed Luis Lopez Automotive since 1968. [map]

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