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#674740 - Wed Dec 21 2016 11:51 AM Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane
LostRichfield Offline
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Registered: Tue Dec 20 2016
Loc: California
Hello!
I'm trying to locate two pumps used at the old Richfield Beacon stations of Northern California and Oregon. They're an unusual pump with a very boxy design, Craftsman/gothic.
I'm also trying to determine exactly which weathervane was used as the photos I've seen do not match what people claim to be original weathervanes.
Thanks for your help! I'm restoring one of these stations!


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#674748 - Wed Dec 21 2016 04:47 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: LostRichfield]
the poor mans museum Offline
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Registered: Mon Oct 25 2004
Loc: Santa Ynez, CA, USA
I have a friend named David Cole from Santa Maria, CA that did a book on the Richfield Beacon Stations and as I recall what is shown in your photo was a surround that was built around the gas pumps and not an actual pump. The pump inside was a clock face model. I believe I have a rendering of it on a map, but I will need to dig it out and scan it so I can post it for you.
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#674749 - Wed Dec 21 2016 04:59 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: LostRichfield]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Curt; it is fantastic to see a post from you!!!!

Merry Christmas!
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#674750 - Wed Dec 21 2016 05:02 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: LostRichfield]
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Registered: Mon Oct 25 2004
Loc: Santa Ynez, CA, USA
How do you know it's me?

Thanks Bob! Great to be back. Merry Christmas to you too!
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#674763 - Wed Dec 21 2016 07:06 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: LostRichfield]
pumpingethyl Offline
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Registered: Sun Nov 30 2008
Loc: Downey , CA
Here's a shot of a station...photo courtesy of Jeremy Gilmore


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#674764 - Wed Dec 21 2016 07:21 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: pumpingethyl]
LostRichfield Offline
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Registered: Tue Dec 20 2016
Loc: California
Holy cow!!! Look at that. Is that an airplane and a race car on the tops of those pumps?!
Thank you guys all so much for your help so far.
Looks like I may have to build replicas.
I may have found the original letters for the tower... ;-)

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#674772 - Wed Dec 21 2016 10:22 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: LostRichfield]
GILMORE Offline
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Registered: Thu Nov 15 2007
Loc: Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Best I can do on the weathervane...


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#674778 - Thu Dec 22 2016 02:31 AM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: the poor mans museum]
eshaver Offline
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Registered: Mon Sep 29 2008
Loc: richmond , Virginia
Mr. Craig , I tend to agree with you ! I have seen decent photos of these pumps and I like you believe these were Stucco surrounds . My guess is pumps were probably Boyd Dayton Aero's without the moveable skins . Since Boyd Dayton was a Los Angles manufacturer at the time , it would make sense .
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#674779 - Thu Dec 22 2016 05:05 AM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: eshaver]
JimT Online   content
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Registered: Fri Dec 06 2002
Loc: Cleveland,Ohio U.S.A.
LostRichfild-This is very interesting to me and I (and Im quite sure others, too) would really like to see some pictures of your station. We had a well respected Oldgas member from southern California that would have easily identified your pumps, but sadly he has passed. I dont claim to know a ton about pumps, but my guess would be Bowser- Sentry. I think that visi is Bowser and it looks like you can see the side reset through one of the windows in JR's closeup. Thanks for these pictures, guys.


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#674785 - Thu Dec 22 2016 07:19 AM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: LostRichfield]
eshaver Offline
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Registered: Mon Sep 29 2008
Loc: richmond , Virginia
Jim , I bet yer referring to Dick Bennett . Dick used to phone me . We would talk at length as I'm the one who did all of Scott Anderson's research which he ripped me off on during that book he did back in 1983 . I never forgave him , never will .....
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#674805 - Thu Dec 22 2016 01:44 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: JimT]
LostRichfield Offline
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Registered: Tue Dec 20 2016
Loc: California
You guys are amazing and I'm sorry for your friends passing. I do appreciate all of your help and shared knowledge.
I cannot find measurements for one of these pump's clock faces. How tall are they?
I'm trying to determine how big they would have been. They seem huge.
I have a lot of mysteries on my hands. Is it proper to post them here or should I go to another area of the forum? For instance; there's a sealed bung hole to the left of the front door. I think it's for oil waste, could anyone confirm?
The street lamps around the perimeter of the property; does anyone know the manufacturer? I only have two posts but I do have all of the bases and all of the cement is in restorable condition (!!!).
The quality of it's construction and current condition is absolutely amazing. I've never seen a building (that was meant to be heavily used) last this long and end up like this.
It feels like it's only fifteen or twenty years old.


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#674807 - Thu Dec 22 2016 02:15 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: LostRichfield]
LostRichfield Offline
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Registered: Tue Dec 20 2016
Loc: California
You guys may also enjoy this little tidbit.
The site is 6.5 acres and the station is in the middle of the road frontage.
Richfield planned on building a hotel behind this station in the English-Norman design but the Great Depression haulted those plans.
I'm looking for the original plans for that style of hotel by Richfield's architect.
Who knows? Maybe it will get built.

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#674818 - Thu Dec 22 2016 04:35 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: LostRichfield]
LostRichfield Offline
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Registered: Tue Dec 20 2016
Loc: California
This shot shows the sides of the pump covers and an access panel. Also details like the tiled look on their base.


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#674831 - Thu Dec 22 2016 07:41 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: LostRichfield]
Craig Osbeck Offline
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Registered: Tue Jan 06 2009
Loc: Portland Oregon
Almost look to be build ins, Jenny , Milestone,sharmeter.
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#674845 - Thu Dec 22 2016 10:13 PM Re: Richfield Beacon gas pumps and weathervane [Re: LostRichfield]
GILMORE Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Nov 15 2007
Loc: Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Pumps are Bowser Xacto Sentry's...

Here's another shot of that station, with the tower in it...


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