California Wilshire Gas Stations

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The Wilshire stations described below had unique canopies pierced by spear-like supports. They were built in the late 1950s. In 1960, these stations were rebranded as Gulf stations when Gulf bought out Wilshire. While these stations were primarily built in California, there is at least one station in Tacoma, WA.

former Wilshire station
Needles, CA
former Wilshire station
Santa Monica, CA
This former Wilshire station in Needles now houses West Point Auto. [map]

This former Wilshire station in Santa Monica now houses More Joy Automotive. [map]

former Wilshire station
Manteca, CA
2008: 2014:
This former Wilshire station now houses the Quicki Kleen Car Wash. The business still sells gas and uses the bays as the car wash. [map]

former Wilshire station [gone]
Fairfield, CA
This former Wilshire station had been vacant for many years. This photo is from 2014. By 2016, the canopy and building were gone.

former Wilshire station
Salinas, CA
This former Wilshire station in Salinas now houses a U-Haul location. There was another one in town which has been demolished. [map]

former Wilshire station
San Bernardino, CA
This former Wilshire station was vacant when these photos were taken in 2013. [map]

former Wilshire station
Santa Clara, CA
former Wilshire station
San Jose, CA
This former Wilshire station in Santa Clara now houses a Valero station. [map]

This former Wilshire station in San Jose now houses Alum Rock Every Day Smog. [map]

former Wilshire station
Gilroy, CA
This former Wilshire station now houses Mike's Used Cars. [map]

Flagg station [gone]
Glendora, CA
former Wilshire station
Whittier, CA
former Wilshire station
Corona, CA
This Flagg station was apparently built as a Wilshire station. By 2015, this canopy had been demolished.

This former Wilshire station in Whittier is now used as a car wash. [map]

This former Wilshire station in Corona had been adapted for a Valero station by 2011. The tops of the supports were removed. This photo is from 2015. By 2016, it was a Sinclair station and this canopy was still there. [map]

former Wilshire station
San Diego, CA
This former Wilshire station is still selling gas. It was built in 1962. [first photo thanks Gregory May] [map]

former station
Ontario, CA
2008: 2013:
This former station in Ontario was probably also originally a Wilshire station. The building housed Sunco Auto Care when this photo was taken in 2008. The businesses there now are Esparza Auto Body & Paint and Omar's Tire Shop. [map]

G&H Gas station
Garden Grove, CA
Canepa's Car Wash
Stockton, CA
The G&H Gas station has the same style of canopy supports as those shown in the rows above. However, the canopy itself is different. I suspect this was built as a Wilshire station and the canopy was modified at some point. [map]

The Canepa's Car Wash canopy is pierced by four supports. I suspect this was either a Wilshire station originally or built by the same company. [map]

former Wilshire station
Fresno, CA
This former Wilshire station has housed Audio Innovations since at least 2007. [map]

former Wilshire station
Sacramento, CA
2008: 2015:
This former Wilshire station was vacant in 2008. It now houses Nick Fargo Auto Plaza, a used car dealership. [map]

former Wilshire station
Sacramento, CA
This former Wilshire station was built in 1959. It was used as a repair garage for many years. In 2012, it was converted into the Orbit Wash car wash. For more, see this website. [map]

More former Wilshire Gas Stations:
Arcata, CA
San Rafael [gone]

former station [gone]
Compton, CA
United Oil station (now Union 76)
Compton, CA
2014: 2015:
These two gas stations apparently sold the same brand originally. I don't know what company produced these canopies with boomerang shaped supports.

The photo of the former station shown on the left was taken in 2008. It was still there in 2014 but gone by 2015.

The United Oil station photo is from 2014. Later that year, the station was rebranded as a Union 76 station. [map]

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