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Quirky Gas Stations to Explore Across the US

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Explore the fascinating world of America's most distinctive gas stations with this curated collection. From retro gems and eclectic designs to quirky architectural wonders, these fuel stops offer more than just a fill-up. Discover the whimsical Teapot Dome Service Station in Zillah, or the futuristic, spaceship-like Helios House in Los Angeles. Experience history at the World's Largest Amoco Sign and immerse yourself in a nostalgic throwback at this mid-century marvel in Missouri. This collection celebrates the fusion of functionality with architectural flair and showcases extraordinary gas stations. Thus, embark on a road trip and uncover the unexpected charm of these roadside landmarks, each being remarkably creative and telling a unique story in the vast tapestry of American travel.

R. W. Lindholm Service Station

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the R. W. Lindholm Service Station stands as the sole gas station crafted by the renowned architect. Erected in 1958, the station was conceived within the framework of Wright's vision for a transformative urban landscape. Adorned with a distinctive copper roof, its triangular canopy subtly directs attention towards the St. Louis River. Remarkably, the gas station remains in operation and holds architectural significance and functional longevity. Today, it serves as a living testament to Wright's enduring impact on architectural design.

202 Cloquet Avenue, State Highway 33, Cloquet, MN, United States, 55720
Hollow Mountain

In the dusty heart of Utah, nestled amidst the stark beauty of the desert, lies Hollow Mountain. Carved in 1984, not by nature, but by the precise blasts of dynamite, this unique gas station and convenience store offers a pit stop unlike any other. Pull up to the pumps sheltered by the mountain's rocky embrace, step inside the cool cavernous interior, and browse shelves stocked with souvenirs and travel essentials. Whether seeking fuel for vehicles or sustenance for the journey, visitors to Hollow Mountain encounter not just a pit stop, but a testament to human resilience etched into the rock face.

40 N Utah State Route 95, Hanksville, UT, United States, 84734
76 Gas Station

Designed in 1965 by architect Gin Wong, the station was originally intended to be part of Los Angeles International Airport. When those plans changed, the unique design found a home in Beverly Hills. This gas station is almost like your local landmark. Beyond its visual appeal, the 76 Gas Station also holds historical significance. It's one of the most prominent examples of Googie architecture still standing, and it's been recognized by the Los Angeles Conservancy as a historic place. The station is well-maintained and offers a variety of services, including fuel, car washes, and convenience items. So next time you're in Beverly Hills, be sure to stop by the 76 Gas Station and take in its unique Googie architecture.

427 N Crescent Dr, Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
Last Shell Oil Clamshell Station

The Last Shell Oil Clamshell Station in Winston-Salem is a unique and historic landmark. It is the last remaining example of a clamshell-shaped gas station, which was once a popular marketing gimmick used by Shell Oil in the 1930s. The station was built in 1930 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a small, one-story building shaped like a giant scallop shell. The original pumps are still standing, but the station has been closed to the public since the 1950s. Designed by Raymond Loewy, the Last Shell Oil Clamshell Station is a popular tourist destination and is often featured in articles and documentaries.

1111 East Sprague Street, Winston-Salem, NC, United States, 27107
Helios House

Helios House in Los Angeles is an eco-friendly gas station, well, as eco-friendly as a gas station can get. A design marvel and a particularly striking structure made of stainless steel and recycled products, it looks like something out of a space adventure movie. Complete with ninety solar panels, the Helios House exemplifies an eco-friendly and sustainable living not only through its design but also it's functioning. Established in 2007, the station will also arm you with neat tricks to save limited energy resources.

8770 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90035
Teapot Dome Service Station

Picture a giant teapot standing amidst the arid plains of Washington. This ain't your grandma's porcelain! This is the iconic Teapot Dome Service Station, a beautiful landmark steeped in history and roadside charm. So, ditch the boring gas stations and strike a pose with the vintage pumps, snap a selfie inside the spout-turned-gift shop, and let your imagination brew with the quirky details. Pack a picnic and enjoy it under the shadow of the teapot as you wander through the station's interior too. Don't miss a delightful gift shop brimming with souvenirs and local treats.

117 1st Avenue, Zillah, WA, United States, 98953
The Rutherford B. Hayes Birthplace Gas Station

The Rutherford B. Hayes Birthplace Gas Station stands as a unique historical landmark in Delaware, Ohio. Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States, is remembered for his commitment to civil service reform and his controversial election. It's a modest yet charming landmark, highlighting the fusion of modern convenience with historical preservation. This roadside attraction invites visitors to explore its quaint architecture and appreciate its connection to American history. Despite its simplicity, the gas station symbolizes the preservation of cultural heritage, encouraging travelers to reflect on the coexistence of progress and the past in the Midwest.

17 East William Street, BP gas station, Delaware, OH, United States, 43015
Mobil Gas Station

The location of this gas station at 2708 Virginia Ave NW holds a fascinating historical significance, situated adjacent to the iconic Watergate Hotel. Serving as one of the nation's initial gas stations, it carries a legacy dating back to a time when such establishments were pioneering. Notably, historical sources suggest its reputation for steep fuel prices, earning it a title as one of the world's most expensive gas stations. Presently, it operates around the clock, catering to the needs of its patrons, and has adapted to the modern era by introducing loyalty programs, enhancing the overall convenience for its customers.

2708 Virginia Ave NW, Washington DC, DC, United States, 20037
Good Luck Gas Station

One of the three stylish gas stations, Good Luck Gas Station is the sole survivor today. Showcasing a pristine 35-foot (10-meter) tower that exudes a timeless elegance, it cuts quite the striking figure and captivates observers. An architectural gem boasting an Art Deco design and fine white structure, it exudes a refined grace. Constructed in 1939, this historical landmark draws inspiration from a structure featured at the Texas Centennial Fair Park. In addition to being a relic of the past, it is also a testament to enduring design and architectural legacy.

903 Cadiz Street Dallas, Dallas, TX, United States, 75208
Dunkle's Gulf Service

Dunkle's Gulf Service is a historic gas station located in Bedford, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1933 in the Art Deco style and is a popular tourist destination. The station is still operational and offers gasoline, repairs, and refreshments. The station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular spot for photographers and history buffs. If you're ever in the Bedford area, be sure to stop by Dunkle's Gulf Service and take a look at this piece of American history.

300 West Pitt Street, Bedford, PA, United States, 15522
World's Largest Amoco Sign

This ginormous Amoco sign, the largest in the world, located at the intersection of three major thoroughfares, Skinker Boulevard, Clayton Road and Oakland Avenue, is a hop, skip and jump from what locals refer to as Highway 40, just within St. Louis City. The colossus stands on the roof of a gas station. Some gigantic gas sign or other has been here since 1932. In 1998, Amoco merged with BP. Thereafter, all Amoco-branded stations were rebranded BP, only for the Amoco brand to make a comeback in select markets in 2017. The sign was renewed in 2019 and now looks much as it has in living memory. Everyone in the city has memories associated with the sign. The current sign is 40 feet high and 60 feet wide. The gas station is operational under the Stevenson's HiPointe Amoco franchise. It even brings people from other parts, who mostly take selfies. This sign had a twin on Amoco’s Chicago office building, now lost forever.

981 South Skinker Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, United States, 63117
U-Drop Inn

The Tower Station and U-Drop Inn building is an uncommon example of Art Deco architecture. Located on historic Highway 66, the building, in times past, was a major attraction and served as a gas station and café, only to be abandoned after the deactivation of Route 66. Now a property of Shamrock City and home to a museum and a visitor center, they serve good coffee and delicious pastries early morning. The sandwiches are sumptuous. The selection of ice cream flavors is impressive, and they serve waffle cones as well. The hot fudge sundae on brownie is divine. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Go, grab some Route Panini and Meatball Panini, or lap up some ice cream! This one’s a winner all the way.

111 U.S Route 66, Shamrock, TX, United States, 79079
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