Wouldn't it be nice to go back to a time, to a time when you could pay for gas with the change in your pocket?
Well, there's a place in Yolo County where you can do just that.
OK, you can’t buy any gas at this place, but you can see what it was like to pump cheap gas.
Mark Reiff converted his home to a gas station museum. It’s located in a quiet neighborhood in Woodland.
"Bought a gas pump at a garage sale 18 years ago and this is what happened,” Reiff said.
Reiff’s gas pump collection dates back to 1909 and many of the pumps are beautify restored. Reiff also has a whole lot of gas station memorabilia including signs, oil cans, and tools. He even restored a 1956 Chevy Tow Truck.
Reiff didn't have a tough time finding all the memorabilia. Back in the day, Woodland was the place to buy gas.
"In the 1950's, on Main Street, there were 63 gas stations," Reiff said.
When those gas stations went out of business, a lot of the memorabilia ended up in swap meets and Reiff picked them up for a fraction of what they are worth now.
Reiff doesn't charge for a tour of the gas station museum, although a $7 donation would be accepted. Over the years, its attracted a diverse crowd.
“I have had 35 weddings and 17 pin-up photo shoots here,” Reiff said.
There is a lot to look at and the history appeals to all ages. The gas station museum is located on Jefferson Street in Woodland.
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