Someday You’ll Own a Horseless Carriage. Our gasoline will run it. This bold quote came from the Gilmore Oil Company in 1913. And by-golly, motorists all over Los Angeles and the west coast soon really were chugging around in their horseless carriages and, yes, Gilmore Gas Company was true to its word. They were there to help motorists with thousands of gas stations up and down the coast. Eventually this gas-a-teria joined the many Gilmore stations around town. Gilmore used the gas-a-teria to entice customers. At the gas-a-teria if you pumped your own gas you got a discount.
Seeing this place reminded me of when I was a kid in the mid-west. Dad would pull into any local station and always got full service to the hilt; two guys would rush out and with a “Fill ‘er up,” from dad they jumped to it. They pumped gas, checked the water level, the oil level and the tire pressure, cleaned the windshield (even on the inside if you asked) and then emptied the ashtray. And to top it all off, after all that, you could probably get S & H Green Stamps also. Ah, they don’t run gas stations like they use too.
While this station carries the proud name of Gilmore and stands in the midst of hundreds of automobiles as a proud reminder of a company that once was, people busily rush by and ignore the bargain rate of 13¢ + 4¢ tax = 17¢ a gallon for Blu-green gas or 15¢ + 4¢ tax = 19¢ a gallon for Red Lion gas (The price per gallon and tax was all shown at the pump). After all, our Gilmore gas station happens to be at one of the most famous and popular destinations in all of Los Angeles.
Now, if you’re a true Los Angeles history buff you’re probably doing a victory dance around the room flailing your i-pad over your head doing fist pumps while shouting the answer. Congratulations. If you’re an ardent shopper or like to nosh or both, give it time the answer will come to you. I’m sure you’ve been here.
No more hints. Do you recognize it yet? Where in Los Angeles are we now?
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Well, how did you do with the last LA quiz?
As you recall I presented a mural of a lovely lady’s portrait on the front of a building downtown. Her eyes looking off to someplace beyond, black hair flowing as if in a wind, hands in a gesture…for what?
This is Our Lady of DTLA, 50 ft by 120 ft, in enamel, by Robert Vargas located at 600 S. Spring St., downtown Los Angeles. For an in -depth description or interpretation of the mural go to www.muralconservancy.org.
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Here are previous LA Quizzes:
If you love to meander around the city like I do, you’re probably familiar with many popular and famous places. So here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Los Angeles. Take a look at previous posts and test yourself:
(For the answer to this month’s quiz go to post: This Public Art Said- Come Fly With Me, Jan, 2015)