UTOCO came from the first Utah Oil Refining Company that was formed in 1908. It was originally called The Utah Oil Refining Company and then changed after Standard purchased over 50% of the Stocks to UTOCO and used the typical Standard Logo which they kept for their many name changes of UTOCO, American, Standard, Pan Am, and Amoco. Unlike other Gas/Oil Companies they re used the same sign rings with each of the changing signs. Very convenient for Collectors like us as it is a pain with all the other Companies who changed frames all the time as well as signs. Hooray for universal sign sizes!
Try and imagine seeing this 11' high Pegasus strapped on the back of my car trailer going down the highway at 60 mph with the wings flapping in the wind! We had a long 1700 mi trip to Texas to get this beauty but it was worth it! Yes we saw a lot of jaws drop as we drove down the road! It is a pretty cool addition out in front of the new Lakeside Storage annex in Provo Ut. Too tall to get under some gas station canopies and never made it under the Motel entrances. More exciting stories to tell.
The Utah Oil Refining Company was the first Refinery in Utah and started in 1908 with crude shipped in from Colorado. The oil Brand was Vico and the gas was sold as Pep 88. These two porcelain signs are examples of the early models of sign logos found at Lakeside Storage in Provo Ut. We also have a couple of other designs in the collection.
B/A Gas you ask? Actually the British American Gas Oil Company began in 1906 in Ontario, Canada. It was later bought out by Gulf Oil of Canada and finally by the Conoco Phillips Co. We got this very nice 5 1/2' sign from a collector friend in Iowa and plan on putting it up on a Banjo Pole at the new Lakeside Event Center. The hunting was the fun part! Of course the surprise was found when we tried putting it in a 6' ring on a pole and since its Canadian, it has to be an odd size! Obviously we either have to find the unfindable odd size ring or make one ourselves. We shall see which comes first?