Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Filling Stations

We’ve all driven by countless deserted gas stations. Had I ever thought about it in years past, I would’ve taken pictures of dozens along the highways and byways of our travels. I’m thankful that others have better presence of mind than me. I find them all interesting and wonder about the people who owned them, worked at them, stopped to fill their autos up, and maybe bought an ice-cold bottle of Coke. Soda pop in a plastic container with a twist-off lid just isn’t as refreshing.

A former gas station, in Brooksville, Florida which was also a former Greyhound Bus Stop along Northbound US 41/Eastbound FL 50A/Southbound US 98(Broad Street). Photo by DanTD on Wikimedia Commons.

A former gas station, in Brooksville, Florida which was also a former Greyhound Bus Stop along Northbound US 41/Eastbound FL 50A/Southbound US 98 (Broad Street). Photo by DanTD on Wikimedia Commons.

Whiting Brother's Gas Station, New Mexico.  Source: byways.org | lisanneharris.com

Whiting Brother’s Gas Station, New Mexico. Though abandoned years ago due to fire damage, historic buildings such as Whiting Brothers are fought for to be protected in their current conditions. Source: byways.org

Abandoned gas station in Treasure Island. Photo by Goodshoped35110s on Wikimedia Commons. | lisanneharris.com

Abandoned gas station in Treasure Island. Photo by Goodshoped35110s on Wikimedia Commons.

Abandoned Gas Station in Lefors, Texas. Photo by JPGauger on Wikimedia Commons. | lisanneharris.com

Abandoned Gas Station in Lefors, Texas. Photo by JPGauger on Wikimedia Commons.

An old abandoned Sinclair station. Photo by xnatedawgx on Wikimedia Commons. | lisanneharris.com

An old abandoned Sinclair station. Photo by xnatedawgx on Wikimedia Commons.

Old Standard filling station in Salisbury, MO. Photo by Steve Mays on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

Old Standard filling station in Salisbury, MO. Photo by Steve Mays on Flickr.

Rankin's Grocery. Anderson, SC. Photo by Robert S. Donovan on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

Rankin’s Grocery. Anderson, SC. Photo by Robert S. Donovan on Flickr.

Alongside Jasper Road in Pike County, Ohio. I don't know how long the station has been closed, but the faded price looked to be $1.39. Photo by Don O'Brien on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

Alongside Jasper Road in Pike County, Ohio. I don’t know how long the station has been closed, but the faded price looked to be $1.39. Photo by Don O’Brien on Flickr.

An abandoned Skelly Gas  station on in Butterfield, Missouri Hwy 37. Photo by Doug Wertman on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

An abandoned Skelly Gas station in Butterfield, Missouri Hwy 37. Photo by Doug Wertman on Flickr.

Side view of the abandoned Skelly Gas station on Hwy 37 in Butterfield, Missouri. Photo by Doug Wertman on Flickr.

Side view of the abandoned Skelly Gas station on Hwy 37 in Butterfield, Missouri. Photo by Doug Wertman on Flickr.

Old Marathon gas station on the south end of Ohio, Illinois. Photo by Wayne Wilkinson on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

Old Marathon gas station on the south end of Ohio, Illinois. Photo by Wayne Wilkinson on Flickr.

This was a gas station/restaurant at Cadiz Summit back in the Route 66 days. Photo by Kevin Cole on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

This was a gas station/restaurant at Cadiz Summit back in the Route 66 days. Photo by Kevin Cole on Flickr.

Abandoned gas station in Glen Rose, Texas. Photo by Nicholas Henderson on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

This now long abandoned gas station in Glen Rose, Texas, and the building on the far left of this picture, a roadhouse named “White Rock,” are known for being the most popular places in town to get moonshine during prohibition. The station is located on old US 67, a somewhat hidden and hilly road that runs parallel to the Paluxy River. The area on the road where the station is located is known as “The Forks” because its at a fork in the road.
 In 1928 a man named Ed Young opened this gas station. When he realized the success the neighboring roadhouse was having selling moonshine, he began to do the same. Soon these two establishments were the most popular places in town in the “Moonshine Capitol of Texas”. Both buildings are now long abandoned but serve as a reminder of this town’s wild past.
Photo by Nicholas Henderson on Flickr.

Abandoned gas station in Richmond, Virginia. This was in a pretty sketchy part of town, so the Grand Theft Auto poster was appropriate. Photo by rvaphotodude on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

Abandoned gas station in Richmond, Virginia. This was in a pretty sketchy part of town, so the Grand Theft Auto poster was appropriate. Photo by rvaphotodude on Flickr.

This very old gas station sits abandoned off of US 180 near its intersection with TX 16, about 10 miles west of Palo Pinto County, Texas. Photo by Nicholas Henderson on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

This very old gas station sits abandoned off of US 180 near its intersection with TX 16, about 10 miles west of Palo Pinto County, Texas. Photo by Nicholas Henderson on Flickr.

Former gas station, Stedman & McCarty, Houston, Texas . Photo by Patrick Feller on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

Former gas station, Stedman & McCarty, Houston, Texas . Photo by Patrick Feller on Flickr.

Vinsetta Garage. Photo by JimD. on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

Vinsetta Garage. Not a filling station, but a cool abandoned building. Closed after 90 years, this historic garage sits on Woodward Ave and has serviced everything from the Model T to modern cars. Photo by Jim D on Flickr.

A former gas station along Utah State Route 128. Photo by ecksunderscore on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

A former gas station along Utah State Route 128. Photo by ecksunderscore on Flickr.

Abandoned gas station in Pilot Point, TX. Photo by Rich Anderson on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

Abandoned gas station in Pilot Point, TX. Photo by Rich Anderson on Flickr.

Long forgotten in Wisconsin. Photo by relux on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

Long forgotten in Wisconsin. Photo by relux on Flickr.

Collinsville, Texas.  Photo by Nicholas Henderson on Flickr. | lisanneharris.com

Collinsville, Texas. Located on the outskirts of town is this gem – once a busy stop for commuters going up and down 377, now a barely noticed abandonment, rusting it’s way to It’s eventual destruction. Photo by Nicholas Henderson on Flickr.

Found on the old Crystal River Road north of Brooksville, Florida.  Photo by DanTD on Wikimedia Commons. | lisanneharris.com

A former gas station on U.S. Route 41 just south of the intersection with Old Crystal River Road north of Brooksville, Florida. It now appears to be a private residence. Photo by DanTD on Wikimedia Commons.

Abandoned gas station in Bodie State Park, California. Photo by Kate Guyon on Wikimedia Commons. | lisanneharris.com

Abandoned gas station in Bodie State Park, California. Photo by Kate Guyon on Wikimedia Commons.

Abandoned building (formerly City Auto Sales) in Burlington, North Carolina. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev  on Wikimedia Commons. | lisanneharris.com

This probably was once a gas station before it became the now closed City Auto Sales in Burlington, North Carolina. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev on Wikimedia Commons.

Derelict and decaying Coop station in Melvin, Illinois. Photo by Dual Freq on Wikimedia Commons. | lisanneharris.com

Derelict and decaying Coop station in Melvin, Illinois. Photo by Dual Freq on Wikimedia Commons.

Abandoned gas station. Photo by Cornelius M. Keyes, EPA. | lisanneharris.com

Abandoned gas station. Photo by Cornelius M. Keyes, EPA.

Shuttered gas station along U.S. Highway 30 west of North Platte, Nebraska. Photo by Matthew Trump on Wikimedia Commons. | lisanneharris.com

Shuttered gas station along U.S. Highway 30 west of North Platte, Nebraska. Photo by Matthew Trump on Wikimedia Commons.

Abandoned near a stripped area of Route 800. Photo by Erik Calonius, EPA, on Wikimedia Commons. | lisanneharris.com

Abandoned near a stripped area of Route 800. Photo by Erik Calonius, EPA, on Wikimedia Commons.

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2 thoughts on “Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Filling Stations

  1. I grew up hanging around & working in service station,when we done full service. I now own & operate my own automotive repair facility,because of hangin around those places & the growing intrest in vehicles .those were much simpler times. thank you all the great pictures & flash back on memory lane, Jon

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  2. I saw the Coop filling station building in Melvin, Illinois for sale recently on Craigslist for $5000.00 cash. Quick sale wanted.

    Most old service stations are abandoned because of the expense involved in removing underground storage tanks and doing contaminated soil removal. You pay $5000.00 and assume liability into the millions sometimes.

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