Ray Ford gas station, Cucamonga


The Ford family operated a service station on the southeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Archibald Avenue for decades. Copies of these two wonderful photos were recently given to Nancy’s Cafe owner Nancy Westenhaver by a Ford descendant for display in her restaurant, and she loaned them to me for use here. Both are thumbnails; click on them for a larger view.

On this blog we’ve been working our way around that intersection, once known as downtown Cucamonga. Previously we’ve run vintage photos of the former Bank of America on the northeast corner and of the northwest and northeast corners, with a contemporary photo of The Deli on the southwest corner as well.

According to family lore, the young boy in the top picture is Bob Ford, Ray’s son. As Bob was born in 1918, the photo must date to the early 1920s.

Ray built a gleaming modern station on the same corner in the 1930s, seen below. I love the Streamline Moderne tower. After World War II, Bob ran the station until 1963, when the property was sold to Bank of America, which built a new bank and moved across the street from its old digs.

The bank is there yet. Ford’s filling station is but a fond memory for a lot of Cucamongans.

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  • The picture of the “tires & batteries” area at Ford’s filling station reminds me of the days when service stations actually provided service. I could get such service as late as the mid-1980s from Mike Adam Chevron in Upland – on the southwest corner of Foothill and 2nd where the Baker’s is now.

  • Bob House

    Speaking of historical photos, check this site I just discovered via “Hidden Los Angeles.” As they say, “This site is always cool for history buffs. Click on an orange dot on an area of the map and then scroll through photos. If you select “Street View,” it will show the vintage photo as an overlay on top of the google view. You can even fade the photo out to see how the past and present of the buildings overlap.” Includes good coverage of the 909 too!


  • Jeff Gordon

    Thanks to Bob House for alerting us to whatwasthere.com – that site has great potential for a lot of historical photos. It’s an easy to use interface so I look forward to it getting populated with lots of photos.

    There’s a site with great historical aerial photos of Southern California – http://www.historicaerials.com All you have to do is put in an address and you can view a number of aerial images for many areas that let you trace development and change.