Posted 7 years ago
Since the Union Pacific was a part owner in Utahs first Oil refining Company which began in 1908 and was called Utah Oil Refining Company, we decided that we ought to have one of the old models of the UPs porcelain signs. We've hunted for a long time to finally find this rough one but we love it and the hard life it has obviously led. So it was with Utah Oil refining Co which sold oil as Vico and Gas as Pep 88. Little by little Standard Oil bought more and more stock and the name changed to UTOCO and then to American, then Standard, and I think we missed Pan Am in Utah and went directly to AMOCO and then to Chevron, which is actually Standard Oil. Hmmmm? Wasn't it Standard Oil that was broken up in to 53 Companies under the anti Trust act in 1913? That's another story! Then there's all the intrigue between the Oil Companies and the railroads which is its own delicious story. We love the history of each of the old signs we find for the Lakesides Storage museum and hope you do too.