National Automobile Museum Offers Historical Thursday Talk on the Evolution of Gas Pumps

Press Release ( - RENO, Nev. - Nov 30, 2018 - The National Automobile Museum has announced its next topic for the Second Thursday Talks will feature a discussion on the history of the filling station gas pump, From Buckets and Art Deco Pumps sought after by collectors to the latest innovations.

It will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:30 – 2 p.m., in the Museum’s Theatre. Enjoy a 30-minute talk, Q&A, refreshments and a unique piece of history.

Cost: Free to Museum members. Included with paid admission.
Otherwise, $5 per person to attend the talk.
Talk: Gas Pumps – Dispensing Fuel
From Buckets and Art Deco Pumps sought after by collectors to the latest innovations.
Speaker: Presented by museum Docent Chair Rod Smith

The gasoline pump has evolved over the years, beginning in 1885 with the first kerosene pump manufactured by Sylvanus Freelove (S.F.) Bowser of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Over the years the style and design have often changed. So how did gas pumps–or, “filling stations,” as you might know them–come to be? Join us for our upcoming historical talk to learn more.

Speaker: Rod Smith heads the docent program at the National Automobile Museum and is retired from Chevron after 34 years in refinery and pipeline management. He served as Operations and Maintenance Manager of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium and lived in Russia from 1998 until retirement in 2001, building an oil pipeline from Kazakhstan to the Black Sea. Other positions with Chevron included engineer in the Richmond Refinery, Chief Engineer of the Hawaiian Refinery, Division Manager of Chevron Pipeline’s Salt Lake Division, President of the Utah Petroleum Association, and Business Unit Manager of Chevron Pipeline’s California operations.

Smith was recently appointed by the Governor to the State Petroleum Fund Review Board. He has served in various capacities with the National Automobile Museum since joining in 2002, including President of the Volunteer Organization, and has been involved with the Reno Rodeo for 10 years. Smith holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and served two years as a Lieutenant, US Army in Fairbanks, Alaska. He has a small collection of collectible automobiles and participates in various auto-related events.

About The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection)

One of America’s Top 10 Automobile Museums, the National Automobile Museum showcases more than 200 remarkable automobiles. It features theatre presentations and audio tours in English and Spanish through 100,000 square-feet of galleries, exhibits and vibrant street scenes and accompanying artifacts that bring displays to life. The museum is a dynamic and popular venue for special events as intimate as 60 and as large as 1,200 guests. It also features the Nevada Space Center, home of the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada. For more information, visit

Hours of Operation

Mon. – Sat.:  9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sun.: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 


Adults              $12
Seniors            $10 (62 and older)
Junior              $8 (6 to 18 years old)
Children          Free (5 and younger)
Members         Free

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Business Info :
National Automobile Museum
10 S. Lake St
Reno, NV 89501
CATEGORIES : Arts and Entertainment


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