Located at 2740 N. Van Ness Boulevard, between Brown and Princeton Avenues, Van Ness Auto Repair also occupies a unique niche in Fresno's History. Chevron Oil built California's first service station on the site in 1926; local resident Russ Clements purchased the station two years later and operated it as a full-service Chevron station until his death in 1986.
Since Jim Medina purchased the station in 1999, it has been operated as a repair facility only, though the four antique pumps, two Standards, one Chevron and one Sinclair, have been retained for display purposes. The site has been placed on Fresno's register of Historic Resources. Many nearby residents consider the station an integral part of neighborhood history. Along with many of his neighbors, Medina decorates the business during the annual Christmas Tree Lane festivities.
The station is listed with the California State Historical Society and the Fresno Register of Historic Resources. It's the oldest service station in California, and the second oldest in the country. (A station in Miami, Florida is older by two months.)