Whiting Brothers Gas Station in Newberry Springs, CA

Whiting Brothers in Newberry Springs
Newberry Springs is an oasis of life giving water in the middle of the desiccated desert. This prime example of a Whiting Bros. station, seen here in 1983, looks much the same today but somewhat obscured by a protective chain link fence. In the Whiting Brothers tradition of reusing old structures, this location once housed an Italian restaurant (whose signage can be seen emerging from the flaking paint on the station structure). This change must have occurred before 1962, as noted artist Edward Ruscha chose to include this station in his photo essay book Twenty Six Gasoline Stations.