This first picture looks like something out of a Normal Rockwell painting. My first thought was that it was the original Exxon (Enco) gas station on the corner of 7th Avenue and Elm, but the wall under construction on the right side of the photo would have to be the Empire House, and that’s not the Empire House. Plus, other pictures of the old Exxon station show a completely different layout with two garage bays on the left side of the building. That’s how I remember it.
After digging a little further, I realized this is the old Richfield station that was on the corner of South Navajo and 7th Avenue (Lake Powell BLVD). You can see 7th Avenue starting to curve toward church row. The building under construction on the right is the First Baptist Church. The last time I was in Page, this gas station had been turned into a fast food restaurant. The quality of this photo is amazing. So are the two pickup trucks! The MCS apartments are visible on the left behind the small trailers. It looks like they’re under construction. The white building further back is probably the American Legion building and beyond that, the original trailer court. This is a good shot of Tower Butte and Navajo Mountain in the background. I’m not sure what that billboard says in the background. Even zoomed in, I can’t read it.
The bottom picture is of the same building some time later. I wonder if the Cadillac was pink. Neither picture is dated and I don’t know who the photographer was.
2 thoughts on “Not Norman Rockwell”
O’Neill’s Richfield Station! Larry O’Neill, Sr. was the first elected Mayor of Page; lived in Page 30 years. His daughter, Alice O’Neill, Page High School Class of 1960, was among the first girls who worked at a gas station, and Larry O’Neill, Jr. ’63 worked there, too. He bought my red Corvair for the body and used the engine of the Corvair wrecked by a US Fish & Wildlife employee (hope that worked out for you, Larry!)
LAWRENCE KENDALL O’NEILL, SR. MEMORIAL: