Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The History of Gilmore Oil Company 1900-1945
Dairy Farm to Oil Field
1872: Arthur Fremont Gilmore leaves Millersburg, Illinois and heads west to seek his fortune in California. He soon forms a partnership with Julius Carter and the two go into the dairy business in Compton, California.
1880: A.F. Gilmore and Julius Carter gain title to the plot of land which encompasses much of what is now the Fairfax District.
1890: Julius Carter and Gilmore dissolve their partnership. After drawing straws, Gilmore takes sole ownership of the 256-acre portion of Rancho La Brea and dairy operations continue.
1905: After first discovering oil in 1900, A.F. Gilmore establishes Gilmore Oil Company, replacing dairy herds with oil rigs. The landscape at Third and Fairfax would never be the same.
1918: When A.F. Gilmore dies, his son Earl Bell Gilmore assumes leadership of Gilmore Oil Company.
1921: Drilling ceases because of a change in city zoning laws. The Company forges ahead with oil and gas refining and distribution.
1920-43: Gilmore Oil Company becomes the largest independent oil company on the West Coast. In 1943, Mobil Oil takes over oil
January 8, 1914.
A.F. Gilmore and his son Earl Bell Gilmore pose with their automobiles and fellow employees. In a few short decades, the once quiet dairy farm was transformed into a profitable oil field. Over the next 30 years, Los Angeles would envelop the land, changing the oil rigs into buildings and Gilmore Oil Company into the most successful independent oil distribution company on the West Coast.
Erected by A.F.Gilmore Company. (Marker Number 543.)
Location. 34° 4.34′ N, 118° 21.614′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from 3rd Street east of Fairfax Avenue. Touch for map. At Farmers Market near the parking lot, behind the Historical Gilmore Gasoline Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles CA 90036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rancho La Brea Adobe (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1934: The Night of the Long Knives (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chester Stock, Ph.D. - Observation Pit (approx. 0.6 miles away); Berlin Wall Segments (approx. 0.7 miles Hancock Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Carthay Circle (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jedediah Strong Smith (approx. 0.7 miles away); Daniel O. McCarthy (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
More about this marker. Another interpretive sign is located 200 feet north of this one. It tells the history of Gilmore Stadium, Gilmore Field, Gilmore Adobe, Farmers Market, etc.
Farmers Market is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 543, designated in 1991.
Also see . . . Gilmore History. (Submitted on March 2, 2019.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 2, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.