Texaco Motor Oil Neon Sign

History of the Texaco Brand

Alrighty, folks, it's time to buckle up and take a ride through the history of one of America's most recognizable brands - Texaco!

It all started back in 1901 when industrialist Joseph S. Cullinan and a group of investors decided to create the Texas Company to exploit the booming oil industry in the Lone Star State. At first, the company focused on exploration and production, but soon they realized that they needed a way to distribute their oil to consumers.

Vintage Texaco Metal Sign

Enter the Texaco brand. In 1902, the Texas Company began marketing its oil products under the Texaco name, a combination of the words "Texas" and "company." The brand quickly became popular, thanks in part to its catchy slogan, "You can trust your car to the man who wears the star." The Texaco star, a red six-pointed star with a white border, became one of the most iconic logos in American business history. 

Vintage Texaco Metal Sign

Over the years, Texaco expanded its operations, opening refineries and gas stations across the United States and around the world. The company even ventured into other industries, like chemicals and plastics.


Texaco was acquired by Chevron in 2001, and today, it operates as a subsidiary of Chevron and continues to operate in over 60 countries. The Texaco brand has remained a fixture in the American consciousness. Its star logo, catchy slogan, and history of innovation and expansion have made it an enduring symbol of the American petroleum industry. So the next time you pass by a Texaco gas station, take a moment to appreciate the legacy of this iconic brand.

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