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Great grandfather's gas station help
#746581 Tue Apr 07 2020 10:43 PM
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Here is a picture of my great grandfather's service station. Am in need of some help identifing the brand. Any help would be appreciated.

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Douglashwy #746587 Tue Apr 07 2020 11:48 PM
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It is Larco gasoline, a brand of Veltex gas (originally Fletcher Oil Co.). If your family has any of those globes left, they are worth a decent amount (about $2k to $3k). The pump on the left is a Bowser 557. The pump in the middle looks like a Wayne 40, but I'm not 100% sure.

Hope this helps,
-Steve

Here are two pictures of those globes from recent auctions... (I hate to tell you, but one auction was just 2 1/2 weeks ago)

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LARCO, Little America Refining Company. Two refineries in Wyoming. one in Rawlins and one in Casper. Headquarters in Salt Lake City. They own Sinclair Oil. Mitch

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Douglashwy #746599 Wed Apr 08 2020 06:58 AM
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Shane I guess "ask and you shall receive" applies to this photo postings as well. Nice to find those old family photos. Great job on the research guys. Thanks Neil

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Nice pic. Funny at the pumps holding a cigar.

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Interesting showcases at each end of the island, it appears they have built in air and water hoses, was the station located in SLC? Is it still standing?

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Douglashwy #746636 Wed Apr 08 2020 02:18 PM
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Thanks for the help guys he was murdered at a young age only his brother really knew him my grandfather his son was only 4 or 5. And the brother adopted the kids. I have a building address but was trying to narrow down a state/city my aunt is into the family history so we haven't gotten too far with it. Here is the other picture we have with building number maybe some of you could figure it out. Would like to see what it is today probably a Walmart 😁

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I believe it to be somewhere in Washington or Oregon I can see an X on sign on top in very first picture witch leads me to believe it was a veltex station

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Very cool too see, best of luck in your continued search


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Looks like some mid-1930's cars in the background of the first photo. You might want to go through the 1934 to 1938 City Directory or phone books for a few of the larger towns in Utah and Washington, looking for Cal's Service or Cal's Veltex. You can sometimes find access to some of those books online. Also, you're in Salt Lake City....don't the Mormans have some kind of huge universal genealogy data base that they offer for research purposes in SLC? A name and/or birth date might be all you need to get more information about Cal. Good luck. John

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Thanks for the ideas appreciate it

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The inground air and water was probably from the Coxwell Co. of California. I wrote an article about them in a recent "Check the Oil" magazine.

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