Neat pics..... We rode our bikes over the bell hose and by the time the attendant came out of the service pit and got to the door, we were a block down the road.....he still knew who all the kids were in the neighborhood and chewed us out next time we needed air in our tires....
There is an old station about 5 miles from here that got sold a few years back and the new owner restored it. He had a portable sand blasting truck come in on a weekend and blasted 60 years of paint off the plaster. Next thing ya know the EPA had 2 SQUARE BLOCKS taped off and a huge vacuum in there picking up all the leaded paint chips.....cost the guy a fortune in fines and cleanup....he never even considered it would be a health hazard when he started..
Gas was 21 cents a gallon for regular, 93 octane, and 28 cents for 110 octane Premium when I started driving....
You know, I am a younger guy. Yet when I grew up, in my small town, the gas station was exactly like the ones in the pics. I even remember the man that run it..lol..his name was 'Fat'. Then 'whistlin' Tom opened up another one in my town just down the street when 'fat' died. My Dad owns ALOT of all the older buildings, but, some teenagers where playin in the old building that housed the movie theater and the old drugstore and burnt them all to the ground.
Cool post :thumbsup: .
Every now and then you see one out driving around, but not much anymore. There is one south of me that is pretty complete still, right on a main hiway, it really looks out of place.
The one thats a hat & boots in the photos was in Seattle, it sat vacant for years just like it looks in the photo (real rundown), but recently was removed for new construction in the area, don't now what became of it, but I know people wanted them preserved if possible.
edit: found a link to the story about the hat & boots, apparently they are in a park now hat & boots history
Heres a pic of the old station just south of me, It looks exactly the same except all the trees behind it are gone and they are building houses, and the hiway in front is 6 lanes and a turn lane, and it's sorounded by businesses, pretty odd to see but cool it still exists.
Problem today is that those old pumps are antique collector items. Our family farm had those old school working pumps still in use in the late 90's that were used to fill the tractors. Well someone came and stole both of them right off the farm! I guess we should of known better since the pumps could be seen from the road and a number of people had stopped in asking about buying them.
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