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#127583 - Thu Jan 25 2007 04:53 PM Gas Stations in Montana
bgoodman Offline
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Registered: Thu Jan 25 2007
Loc: Helena, Montana, USA
I would like to hear from the members about any old station sites and historic brands that were in Montana. I work for the Montana DOT (MDT) and part of my job is investigating historic gas stations facilities--we just removed a riveted steel plate underground storage tank yesterday that was installed at a small town garage before 1916. Too bad the hand pump had long dissappeared. I have started a collection of photos and information which I would like to add to and share. If you can provide any Montana related photos, history, and information it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Brian

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#127584 - Thu Jan 25 2007 05:59 PM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
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Registered: Tue Jul 25 2000
Loc: South of St. Louis, MO USA
Hi Brian,
Welcome to Oldgas.com Shop Talk.

If you need help with posting photos you already have here on Shop Talk, just ask. I can help.

Hope you find more interesting Montana petro history.

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#127585 - Thu Jan 25 2007 07:17 PM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
Alex Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
Hey, Brian. I am in your neighborhood. Let's see, old gas......(stretching the memory cells in the brain)

Power Gasoline (former Montana Power)
Litening (Billings)
Laurel Leaf (Billings Area)
Grizzly
Arro Gas (Lewistown)
Powerized (Sunburst Refinery)
Montana Chief (Wash/Ida/Mont)
Clack (Havre) H. Earl Clack, Heccolene bought out by Husky Oil in the 50s.
Carter Oil (bought out Grizzly and then was bought by Enco/Exxon)
Glacier Gas
What have I forgoten????

More "main stream" brands I remember in Montana.

Texaco (the best--it's what I collect)
Phillips 66 (Refinery in Gt Falls)
Mobil
Enco/Exxon (Refinery in Billings
Conoco (Refinery in Billings)
Standard Oil
Union 76 (Refinery was in Cut Bank)
Chevron


In addition there were lots of mom and pop gas stations that bought gas where ever they could.

There are a few old gas stations in Butte that are now being used for other things. Great looking cottage style gas station on Park uptown.

Tom
AKA Alex


[This message has been edited by Alex (edited 01-26-2007).]
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#127586 - Thu Jan 25 2007 07:46 PM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
T-BONE Offline
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Registered: Mon Aug 25 2003
Loc: Shoshone ,,Idaho
GREAT POST ALEX,, YOU PRETTY MUCH GOT-R-DONE.. WHATS OLD " GAS GEZZER" UP TO?? TELL HIM HELLO.. FROM FRANK..<<<<<>>>

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#127587 - Thu Jan 25 2007 07:52 PM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
Alex Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
Hey T-Bone. Have not talked to Les in a while. He is probably out making another great find.
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Looking for Texaco and Power Gasoline items

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#127588 - Thu Jan 25 2007 08:11 PM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
speedway Offline
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Registered: Sat Feb 08 2003
I have a Wasatch map on ebay #280074246464 which mentions Silver Gas being sold in Montana...Ron

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#127589 - Thu Jan 25 2007 10:01 PM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
Alex Offline
Moderator, Value Forum

Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
Silver Gas......good catch, Ron. And I have a small Silver Gas piece inmy collection. they were in Great Falls. What else did I forget???

Hart Gas out of Missoula

Monoco... (Montana Oil Company)did canning in Helena. I know they had gas as I saw some Ad glasina Tall Tokheim 39 withit in it.

[This message has been edited by Alex (edited 01-25-2007).]
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#127590 - Fri Jan 26 2007 04:18 AM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
Gaspedler Offline
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Registered: Sun Feb 04 2001
Loc: Lebanon, Indiana. USA
I recently discovered that the Transcontinental Oil Company (Tulsa, Ok.) was expanding into Montana before their buy out by the Ohio Oil Company in the Late 1920's to early 1930's.
Chuck

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#127591 - Fri Jan 26 2007 10:35 AM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
Alex Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
chuck. I have never seen anything on them. Wonder if they just became Standard Oil when they were purchased? i posted a picture of a can the other day from the Mututal Oil company that had Missoula, MT printed on the side. But, I don't know if they were associated with any gasoline brand.
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#127592 - Fri Jan 26 2007 01:26 PM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
minuteman Offline
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Registered: Sat Apr 05 2003
Loc: Big Sky Country
"investigating historic gas stations facilities"

Brian sounds like your in the enviromental business and on the look for underground storage tanks from the old stations/stores. Does the state pay for tank clean up?
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#127593 - Fri Jan 26 2007 04:14 PM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
Gaspedler Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Feb 04 2001
Loc: Lebanon, Indiana. USA
Alex;
This is the only evidence that there were stations in Montana I have. I have never seen any company literature telling of it.
I saw a Green and Cream colored matchbook (Transcontinental Oil colors) sell on ebay also that had a Montana address, that is how I know they had them before the Ohio Oil bought them out. Couldn't tell you who they might have sold out to.
Chuck





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#127594 - Sat Jan 27 2007 09:31 AM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
gasgeezer Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Wed Mar 20 2002
Loc: Hamilton Mt, USA
Hey Frankie, Thought you disapeared form the frozen south Idaho. There were close to 100 independent tries at gasoline marketing in Montana, Probably more than any other state. Possibly Pennsylvania or Texas had near as many. Out of all of them only a few had any real lasting luck at it. After the war they were about all bought out by the big companies. A few held on such as Husky by sheer determination. Some of the most rare and graphic signs and globes are found here but in relatively sparse numbers. Tom outlined a bunch and there were lots more but few examples are ever available for sale or to be found...........Les

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#127595 - Mon Jan 29 2007 12:08 PM Re: Gas Stations in Montana
bgoodman Offline
Member

Registered: Thu Jan 25 2007
Loc: Helena, Montana, USA
Thanks for all the information. If anyone has Montana related Peltrolia or station e-pics please feel free to forward them to me at bgoodman@mt.gov. FYI-there is a very good 2-part article in Montana Magazine on the history of petroleum refining in Montana that appeared in Spring/Summer 1998.

There was a mention of Husky in one reply. They were originally based out of Wyoming until they sold off most of their U.S. assets and retreated to Canada. They later re-entered the US market and also aquired Earl Clack's operations in the mid-1950s. They continued to operate many stations in MT until the early 1970s and of course are still widespread in Canada. Thanks. Brian

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