10Hindsight

Serving the burgeoning wave of automobile owners, Rincon Garage was constructed in the early 1900s in the 900 block of Linden Avenue along what is now called Wullbrandt Way. The garage was owned by Walter Dowling and Frank Stewart, two entrepreneurs who benefited from Henry Ford’s success with mass production of the Model T. Ford, launched by his conveyor belt-fed assembly lines in 1913. By 1927, more than 15 million Model T cars had been made.

Serving the burgeoning wave of automobile owners, Rincon Garage was constructed in the early 1900s in the 900 block of Linden Avenue along what is now called Wullbrandt Way. The garage was owned by Walter Dowling and Frank Stewart, two entrepreneurs who benefited from Henry Ford’s success with mass production of the Model T. Ford, launched by his conveyor belt-fed assembly lines in 1913. By 1927, more than 15 million Model T cars had been made.

Dowling and Stewart must have felt the impact of the faraway Ford assembly lines; they expanded Rincon Garage in the early 1920s to feed the fast-growing demands of a population quickly acquiring cars. The popularity and accessibility of cars increased for decades, and Rincon Garage was later converted into a Chevron station, one of many spots to fuel up along—or just off—the Coast Highway, now Carpinteria Avenue.

To learn more about Carpinteria’s unique and interesting past, visit the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History, open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 956 Maple Ave.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.