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Gasoline Stations

A gallery of vintage and abandoned gasoline stations in the United States.


Ashland gasoline stations was a product of Ashland Oil & Refining Company, which began as a small outfit in Catlettsburg, Kentucky. Founded by Paul Blazer in 1924, the company expanded into road paving and construction operations, coal, oil exploration, motor oils via Valvoline, and chemical manufacture and distribution. In the late 1990s, Ashland formed a joint venture with Marathon Oil and eventually exited the oil refining and marketing business in 2005.


Gulf Oil was an oil company from 1901 until it was merged with Standard Oil of California in 1984. At that point, Gulf stations were re-branded as Chevron in the United States. The Gulf brand has seen some revival thanks to a complex partnership formed in 1993 that had acquired the naming rights to Gulf Oil from Chevron in 1986.




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