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Encyclopedia > Union 76
Traditional Union 76 in Rocklin, California(2003) Three bays for auto service, and eight fuel dispensers; four serving diesel.
The traditional Union 76 gas station design
A newer design

Union 76 is a chain of gas stations located within the United States. The Union 76 brand is owned by ConocoPhillips. Union Oil Company of California, dba Unocal, the original owner and creator of the Union 76 brand merged with the Chevron Corporation in 2005. Image File history File links Union_76. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 535 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This Union 76 station opened in 1964 and owned by the same family until its closing in December 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 535 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This Union 76 station opened in 1964 and owned by the same family until its closing in December 2005. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x503, 170 KB) Summary A Union 76 gas station in Redwood City, California. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x503, 170 KB) Summary A Union 76 gas station in Redwood City, California. ... Image File history File links Newunion76gasstation. ... Image File history File links Newunion76gasstation. ... Modern gas station A filling station, gas station or petrol station is a facility that sells fuel for road motor vehicles – usually petrol (US: gas/gasoline), diesel fuel and LPG. The term gas station is mostly particular to the United States of America and Canada, where petrol is known... ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is an international energy company with its headquarters located in Houston, Texas. ... The phrase doing business as (abbreviated DBA or d/b/a) is a legal term, meaning that the name of the business or operation does not include the legal name of its proprietor, the names of all partners, or the official registered name of the limited partnership or corporation that... The Unocal Corporation (NYSE: UCL), based in Los Angeles, California, was founded in 1890 as the Union Oil Company of California. ... Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) is one of the worlds largest global energy companies. ...


In 1997, Unocal sold its western United States Refining and Marketing operations and the rights to the Union 76 brand to Tosco Corporation. Tosco has since been purchased by Phillips Petroleum who merged with Conoco to form ConocoPhillips. Unocal continued to own the "76" trademark for use in its operations, with the exception of the divested Refining and Marketing business. On August 10, 2005, Unocal Corporation was acquired and merged into a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation. Tosco (The Oil Shale COrporation) was an independent U.S. based petroleum refining and marketing corporation. ...


Unlike other petroleum companies, Union 76 uses ethanol instead of MTBE in their gasoline. Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol, drinking alcohol or grain alcohol, is a flammable, colorless, slightly toxic chemical compound with a distinctive perfume-like odor, and is the alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. ... MTBE is highly flammable and is widely used as an oxygenate. ...


Union 76's gasoline additive is known as PROclean, 76 is also a "Top Tier" fuel.


The orange ball

Union 76 is famous for its signs, which are large orange balls with '76' written on them. Many stations had the 76 ball rotate when the signs were lit up. The first such sign was designed in 1962 by advertising creative director Ray Pedersen for the Seattle World's Fair. 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Ray Pedersen is an artist and graphic designer who was the creator of the iconic orange ball sign of the Union 76 gas stations, one of the most recognizable images in advertising history. ... The Century 21 Exposition was a Worlds Fair held in Seattle, Washington in 1962. ...


In 2005, new corporate owners ConocoPhillips began rebranding the 76 stations, pulling down the popular orange and blue ball signs in favor of a "monument-style" sign in red and blue. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is an international energy company with its headquarters located in Houston, Texas. ...


ConocoPhillips has partially backtracked on this decision recently, agreeing to donate old orange style 76 balls to museums and to erect 100 spheres in the new red and blue color scheme.


Long before Jack in the Box restaurants created their well-known 'Jack's Head' promotional radio antenna toppers, the orange 76 ball invented the concept. Beginning in 1967 tens of millions were made and distributed by Union 76. These were extremely popular, primarily in the Greater Los Angeles area, where they are still frequently seen. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Greater Los Angeles Area, or the Southland, is the agglomeration of urbanized area around the city of Los Angeles, California. ...


In the popular film The Lost World: Jurassic Park, a T-Rex knocks the 76 ball off the sign, causing it to roll through the filling station, nearly crushing Ian Malcolm's Pontiac GTO. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 movie which is a sequel to the blockbuster Jurassic Park. ... 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible The Pontiac GTO was an automobile built by Pontiac from 1964 to 1974, and by General Motors Holden in Australia from 2003 to 2006. ...


The Union 76 ball is also a very popular logo in European tuning, in the "Cult Style." The 76 logo is also used on many clothing items in Japan as of 2005.


Until 2004, several large Union 76 balls were located at the Daytona International Speedway. The were actually used as observation vantage points, had portholes, and were capable of holding a few people inside. Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ...


The Union 76 ball is also a landmark at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, where the only gas station on the premises of a major league ballpark is visible from the park beyond the outfield stands. Dodger Stadium is a large outdoor baseball stadium in Los Angeles, California at Chávez Ravine. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


See also

Unocal Corporation is the parent company of Union Oil Company of California (Union Oil) which was incorporated in California in 1890. ... Modern gas station A filling station, gas station or petrol station is a facility that sells fuel for road motor vehicles – usually petrol (US: gas/gasoline), diesel fuel and LPG. The term gas station is mostly particular to the United States of America and Canada, where petrol is known... Gasoline or petrol is a petroleum-derived liquid mixture consisting mostly of hydrocarbons and enhanced with benzene or iso-octane to increase octane ratings, used as fuel in internal combustion engines. ... Pumpjack pumping an oil well near Lubbock, Texas Ignacy Łukasiewicz - inventor of the refining of kerosene from crude oil. ... This is a list of automotive fuel brands (petrol or gasoline, diesel, etc. ... OPEC Logo The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is an international organization made up of Iraq, Indonesia, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Angola, Algeria, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. ... Countries producing oil This is a list of states that extract crude oil from oil wells. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Union 76 - definition of Union 76 in Encyclopedia (69 words)
Union 76 - definition of Union 76 in Encyclopedia
Union 76 operates gasoline stations mainly in the United States.
Unlike other petroleum companies, Union 76 uses ethanol instead of MTBE in their gasolines.
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