A View of Some Service Station Memorabelia

A View of Some Service Station Memorabelia

Sacramento
Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 11:00am
Woodland
California

For October’s FSD, after a short 40 mile drive along the Sacramento River, we visited the home of a man who has dedicated it as a shrine to service station history. Mark Reiff started collection all things service station about 15 years ago – to the point that his entire home, has mementos of service station equipment from the 1920s through the 1970s.
A bit of the home was dedicated to extraneous things, like the fuselage of a Cessna 150 sticking out of the roof, but our participants found the visit worthwhile. At least one is planning a return trip.
As for me, it was a pleasant surprise to be reminded of things like Bear Alignment racks and Sun tune up machines – thanks that were so common though the 1970s and are now all but forgotten.
Lunch was at an equally interesting place in Woodland -= Ludy’s Main St BBQ – a place that looked more at home in Texas than the Central Valley of CA. I did find one thinkg amusing there – the proprietor, a BBQ connoisseur, had a map of the U.S. up on the wall with pins denoting BBQ places he thought worthy – and for the entire state of Texas was one solitary pin – in Austin.
I know of at least one other – outside of Waco – the Cyclone BBQ – that a friend takes me too. Surely there are more than a few places for a great BBQ in Texas!