On September 5th 1885, the first gasoline pump was manufactured by Sylvanus Bowser of Fort Wayne, Indiana and delivered to Jake Gumper, also of Fort Wayne. The gasoline pump tank had marble valves and wooden plungers and had a capacity of one barrel.
S. F. (Sylvanus Freelove) Bowser sold his newly invented kerosene pump to the owner of a grocery store in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Less than two decades later, the first purposely built drive-in gasoline service station opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Bowser’s invention, which could reliably measure and dispense kerosene a product much in demand for half a century soon evolved into the metered gasoline pump.
Although Standard Oil will claim a Seattle, Washington, station of 1907, and others argue about one in St. Louis two years earlier, most agree that when “Good Gulf Gasoline” went on sale, Gulf Refining Company opened America’s first true drive-in service station.
The motoring milestone took place at the corner of Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 1, 1913.
“On its first day, the station sold 30 gallons of gasoline at 27 cents per gallon. On its first Saturday, Gulf’s new service station pumped 350 gallons of gasoline,” notes the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
By the early 20th century, the oil companies were producing gasoline as a simple distillate from petroleum.
During the 1910s, laws prohibited the storage of gasoline on residential properties, mostly because it was flammable.
It wasn’t until January 7, 1913; William Meriam Burton received a patent for his cracking process to convert oil to gasoline.
As gas prices go up and down, let’s not forget without the invention of the gas pump how complicated out lives would be.
As fill up on today’s information how on September 5th 1885, the first gasoline pump was manufactured and brought to the United States, as we celebrate today’s day to remember.
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