2016 California Preservation Design Award
From Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California – The Mother Road
RICHFIELD OIL...A LONG HISTORY
Lifting the Richfield sign into place.
Clarence Hornung sketching logos for Richfield Oil Company in his 47th Street Manhattan studio.
Richfield Gas Pump early 1900s
Richfield Gas Pump
Cucamonga Service Station
During the 1930s
The Cucamonga Service Station, is the last station reminiscent of the roadside architecture of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, some of which still exists today in Rancho Cucamonga.
2016 Preservation Award
The Mother Road
For nearly six
decades, a two-lane road, running 2,448 miles, connected Chicago to Los
Angeles. It was the path to Western promise for "Okies" escaping the
Dust Bowl in the 1930s, the road under the soles of American nomads like Jack
Kerouac. Route 66 was once considered an essential artery, its travelers a
measure of America's pulse. But by the mid-1980s, the road was deemed obsolete.
Twenty-five years ago on June 27, Route 66 was decommissioned. But even as the
no-tell motels and mom-and-pop shops along the road disappeared, the fables of
America's "Mother Road" continued to ramble on.
Virginia Dare Winery 1920s - on Route 66