Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sonora Service Station
The popularity of the automobile created an increasing demand for petroleum products, like gasoline, in the early 1900s.
Americans were suddenly able to travel to new destinations faster and easier than ever before, thus requiring new services along the way.
In 1936, this gas station was built on the corner of East 18th and Sonora Streets in Bakersfield. Gasoline cost around 15 cents a gallon when this service station first opened for business.
Hans and Virginia Nielsen donated this service station to the museum in 1989. The Model A Ford Club provided labor, material and funding for the restoration of this building completed in 1993.
Erected by Kern County Museum.
Location. 35° 23.641′ N, 119° 1.329′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Transportation Courtyard section of Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard End Pumping Unit (about Cable Tool Drilling Rig (about 300 feet away); Cook Wagon (about 400 feet away); Havilah Courier (about 400 feet away); Metcalf House (about 400 feet away); Saint John's Episcopal Mission (about 400 feet away); Blacksmith Shop (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
Also see . . .
1. Service Stations in California. A photo album and commentary of similar stations located throughout California. (Submitted on December 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Kern County Museum - Sonora Service Station. The Kern County Museum website quotes the text of the marker and displays a photo. (Submitted on December 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 677 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 6, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.