Friday, January 1, 2016

The Rockford Files - Episode: Coulter City Wildcat (1976) Gilbertson's Oil Tool Works Sign - Santa Paula, CA


This is one we need help with. The Internet is void of any information of Gilbertson's Oil Tool Works. Based on the information contained on IMDB.com this large sign may have been in the city of Santa Paula, CA since part of this episode was filmed there.
Does anybody have any idea where the "Gilbertson's Oil Tool Works" corporation is or was located?

Thanks to Don H. we have the correct address for this filming location. Don's full e-mail was placed in the comment section. A big THANK YOU to DON H!
GILBERTSON OIL TOOL WORKS
17905 E TELEGRAPH RD
SANTA PAULA, CA 93061-0009

5 comments:

FROM THE E-MAIL: said...

Hi: I've been enjoying your Rockford locations blog. I found something on Gilbertson Oil Tool Works:

http://www.partslogistics.com/dig/company_name/pages/9871.html

scroll down a bit to:

GILBERTSON OIL TOOL WORKS
17905 E TELEGRAPH RD
SANTA PAULA, CA 93061-0009

You can put the address in Google Maps.

A large white building similar to what is seen in the screenshot is still there, but without the large sign atop the building. Hope this helps. :-)

Don H.

Anonymous said...

Gilbertson's Oil Tool Works is indeed in Santa Paula and was owned by my grandfather, Jack Gilbertson. It began in the 1920s under another owner to manufacture equipment needed for the local oil industry, which at that time was significant. (Union Oil was founded in Santa Paula and the California Oil Museum now occupies that company's first building.) Gilbertson's went out of business in the 1990s. The large white buildings Don H. notes are the original corrugated metal buildings that have been painted.
Craig A.

Anonymous said...

I should add that the Rockford photo is taken from the west side of Gilbertson's looking toward the east. The Google photo shows that the cinder block wall has disappeared -- it would have been at the left edge of the Google photo -- but the oak tree is still very much there.

TheRockfordFiles said...

Thanks Craig for that information.... I deeply appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

The cinderblock wall is indeed still there. They've erected a building next to the hotel. The wall has been painted white but has the tell tale X decoration on it.