Verde Heritage -- 1961: COTTONWOOD; Bert Black's Richfield Station.
"COTTONWOOD LANDMARK FOR 41 YEARS FELLED TO MAKE WAY FOR A NEW STATION."
"Bert Black's Richfield Station, a Cottonwood landmark for a quarter of a century, fell to the hammer last week to make way for a new Richfield super service station to be constructed on the site."
"Business is going on as usual at the site as it has for more than 41 years at its location at the corner of Lawrence Avenue and Main Street in Cottonwood. A mobile unit and temporary pumps have been set up to continue providing service."
"Possibly the oldest station in continuous operation in the Valley, it began operation as a Rio Grande Station. Black says, 'I used to trade there with my old model T in 1923.'"
"He has operated the station under the Richfield trademark for 12 years."
"Black says his new, modern station will boast all the modern innovations for improved service station performance. Underground gas storage tanks will be utilized in the station for increased storage and maximum safety."
"Construction of the new station should be complete in about two months, he said."
"Hayes Contractors and Merritt Electric of Phoenix are doing the construction job."
(The Verde Independent; Cottonwood; Thursday, February 9, 1961; page 11, section 1; columns 1, 2.)
Main Street at the south end of town was originally aligned at an angle and went back of this service station, then across the wash and up the hill to the UVX smelter on what later became Willard Avenue. Lawrence Avenue was the east-west street on the north side of the service station, which later became East Main and is now Main Street.
Bert Black was the Mayor of Cottonwood from 1967 through 1969.
After this service station closed, the gasoline storage tanks were removed about 1997. This building, at 794 N. Main, was vacant during 1999, and later. After the building was remodeled to be a restaurant, Bing's Burger Station opened during 2009. The décor was intended to recapture the atmosphere of the 1940's and 1950's. There was a 5-year lease; the property was available for sale during 2011. The service station was painted, then new operators opened their business.
See: The Verde Independent; "Bing's Burger Station Opens in Old Town Cottonwood;" by Philip Wright; October 6, 2009.
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