The History of Blue Star Gas

Meet The Family

Blue Star Gas is enjoying its 80th successful year in business under the management of the third generation of the Stewart family. Paul Stewart initially purchased the business in 1945 and was joined by Bill Stewart in 1954 and Jeff Stewart in 1996. Both Bill and Jeff are active participants in the full-service propane distribution business today.

Humble Beginnings

In 1938, Dwight Knapp, the owner of the Knapp Family Restaurant, installed an underground propane pipeline to provide gas to his restaurant. Over time, Knapp began connecting neighbors in the downtown area to the underground gas system and started selling propane to the general public. As the city grew, so did the underground utility, which became the foundation on which Blue Star Gas was built. In 1945, Paul Stewart purchased the business from the Knapp family while continuing to run his stock brokerage firm of Stewart, Meyerson & Briggs in San Francisco. At that time, the business consisted of just three employees and its one office in Garberville. The underground utility, which is still in service today, is the oldest propane utility service registered with the P.U.C. in the State of California. Blue Star Gas proudly serves many of these founding customers to this day with the industry’s finest customer service.

Looking Towards the Future

From these humble beginnings, we have grown to cover a service area of over 70,000 square miles and currently serve 14 unique markets throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, and Arizona. Through developing technologies and improved practices, Blue Star Gas is transforming the industry standard for customer service. For Blue Star Gas and our customers, the best is yet to come.

The Evolution of a North Coast Propane Company


Bill Stewart joins the company


The Stewart Family establishes Star Tank Lines


Blue Star acquires Clear Gas in Lake County, California


Blue Star Gas begins operations in Santa Rosa, California


The company builds an office in Brookings, Oregon


A new railroad supply terminal is built in Grants Pass, Oregon


North Star Propane is acquired in Mt. Shasta, California


Blue Star Gas acquires the Medford, Oregon operation of All Star Gas


Blue Star Gas builds its second rail terminal in Redding, California


Willamette Gas in McMinnville, Oregon, is acquired


Blue Star Gas opens in Eugene, Oregon


Blue Star Gas expands into Salem, Oregon


Blue Star Gas moves into Seattle, Washington


Blue Star Gas opens in Salt Lake City, Utah


Blue Star Gas opens in Phoenix, Arizona


Blue Star Gas builds its third rail terminal in Eugene, Oregon


Blue Star Gas receives its first railcar of Renewable Propane


Blue Star Gas launches Power Division


Blue Star Gas acquires Acme Fuel in Olympia, Washington


Sequoia Gas of Fortuna and Arcata, California merges with Blue Star Gas