This month we are moving to the west coast so I expect a lot of you west coast guys lol.
The Richfield Oil Corporation was founded in 1905 and opened its first automotive service station in Los Angeles in 1917.After quick expansion, Richfield Oil Corp fell to the Great Depression and went into receivership in 1931.
Cities Service Company (now known as Citgo) offered one share of stock for every four Richfield's and acquired a majority of the stock.
Consolidated Oil Corporation (in 1943 renamed Sinclair Oil Corp), in 1932, offered to buy Richfield Oil. While this offer was not accepted, Harry Sinclair president of Consolidated Oil continued to pursue Richfield Oil and prevented Standard Oil of California (now known as Chevron) from taking over the company.
Consolidated Oil Corp, in 1935, bought Richfield's eastern United States operations. This maneuver removed Standard Oil of California's interest in Richfield Oil. The east coast gas stations would later be rebranded as Sinclair stations.
Richfield Oil Corp emerged from receivership in 1936 after Rio Grande controlled by Consolidated Oil Corp and Cities Service Company agreed to a merger between Richfield Oil and Rio Grande.
Two Richfield Oil tanks were bombarded by the Japanese on February 23, 1942 in an attack on the Ellwood oil field, which is west of the city of Santa Barbara in California. This attack by the Japanese submarine I-17 was the first attack on the United States mainland since the War of 1812.
Richfield Oil sponsored Disneyland's model freeway Autopia from 1955 to 1970.
The company merged with Atlantic Refining to form Atlantic Richfield Corp, also known as ARCO in 1966. ARCO in turn was purchased by BP p.l.c. in 2000.