Today’s blog is about the incredible Mendenhall Museum in Buellton, CA.
Upon entering the grounds, both outside and in, with many garages, you are hit hard with neon, road signs, memorabilia, cars, and did I say neon?
In the fifties, Jack Mendenhall owned & operated a Richfield Service Station and had a towing contract with AAA. After selling the station in the late seventies he went on the road as a traveling salesman. He traveled the continental United States selling signs. But mostly… he collected.
The museum is on the original site of his wrecking yard and displays many of the items he collected while on the road. Many of the things in the museum are from his early years of picking up things that appealed to him. (Jack was the “original” American Picker!)
For twenty five years Mark & Vickie had a Chevron Service Station (the station Jack first started in). After years of un-loading his Dad’s treasures, they got the collecting bug, too. They continue to add to, and enhance, the museum.
They do private events for interested parties. These can simple be tours or they can include a BBQ (or some other kind of meal) upon request.
Functions that go into the evening enjoy the full effect of all the nostalgia with the old neon signs lit up.
The museum is open by appointment only
For more information call Mark Mendenhall at 805-689-2402
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