The Pioneer Garage was situated in a tent in Southern California one-hundred and fifteen miles northwest of Los Angeles at Maricopa, an oil boomtown located near to the site of the famous Lakeview Gusher. The oil well blowout began on March 14, 1910, and discharged an estimated nine million gallons of oil until it was contained in September of 1911.
The Garage was an open-air affair located in front of a tent (one car is visible inside) next to a blacksmith shop. Recognizable vehicles left-to-right are an Oldsmobile touring car, an Elmore touring car with a look-a-like radiator styled after the Packard, and a pre-1909 “T” Ford roadster.
The second photo (below) contains a 1905 Thomas “Flyer” touring car powered by a 60 hp six-cylinder engine. The Delano Garage was located in the City it is named after sixty-five miles north of Maricopa.
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