Re: West Coast gas refinery cracking process in WWll

Brian Termunde

Actually Andy, while the Ellwood shelling was more well known, it just so happens that Oregon was attacked by the Japanese not once, like California, but twice. Fort Stevens, Ore. was shelled (Ft. Stevens was near Astoria, Ore where the SP&S handled a lot of steam era freight cars - to try to stay within bounds slightly - VERY slightly ; > ) by I-25 on June 21, 1942.

After that, the I-25 carried out an aerial attack on South Oregon near Brookings, Ore on September 9, 1942 and followed up with another unsuccessful attack on September 29..

Take Care,
Brian R. Termunde
Midvale, UT
"My Train of Thought left the station without me!"

2f. West Coast gas refinery cracking process in WWll
    Posted by: "Andy Carlson" midcentury@... midcentury@...
    Date: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:28 pm ((PDT))

Not limiting my interests to simply trains (can I get away with using "simply"?), I also like old gas pumps. My grandfather worked in the Ellwood Beach oilfield up the coast 10 miles from Santa Barbara which was the only mainland US target of axis shellings during WWll, in this case by a Japanese sub. The oil company was the Barnsdall Oil Co. which was a somewhat big player in the West as the "Rio Grande Oil company" 

I mention this because the Rio Grande Oil Co was an early proponent of catalized cracking refining. so much so that they bragged about it on their gas pump face art with the logo "Cracked" diagonally across the shield.

Anyone interested; I have a scan of art Jerry Glow created for my 1944 Bennett 546 gas pump, which I can share by simply contacting me off-list at .

-Andy Carlson
Ojai CA

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