Pumping gas in the center of town

Photo courtesy of the Irvine Historical Society.

This Irvine Service Station stood on Central Avenue (now Sand Canyon) in Old Town Irvine – near the coffee shop, where regulars had their own mugs, and the Irvine Store, where farmers picked up mail from 92 brass post office boxes. In these old Union 76 gas pumps, gasoline was pumped up into a glass chamber on top, then ran by gravity into the car’s tank. A Union 76 gas station still operates on this site.