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By Dale Brown
The Journal 

Mystery paint job explained

Building owner liked purple and yellow


Last updated 10/18/2022 at 9:42am

Photos by Dale Brown | The Journal

Stacy Startin said he "painted it purple and yellow because I like those colors."

RITZVILLE – What's the deal with that yellow-and-purple service station on the corner of First Avenue and Jefferson Street?

Why is it painted those vibrant - some might say outlandish - hues? Was the owner a UW Huskies fan...or what?

A little background helps to unravel the mystery.

In 1960, Chuck McCormick, father of Ritzville Police Chief Dave McCormick, purchased a small Chevron station at 309 W. First Ave., the site of the current station.

According to Dave McCormick, Chevron later built a two-bay building on that footprint. Land records show that a canopy, marquee and asphalt were...

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