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Vintage Gas Stations is looking for any gas station built in the US and Canada prior to 1970. All other countries, an exception may be made to include Vintage Gas Stations prior to 1980. These will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
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The world's first purpose-built gas station was constructed in St. Louis, Missouri in 1905. As demand increased for a more convenient means to "fill up", gas stations became more common in the US, Canada and around the world.

Vintage Gas Stations have distinguishable characteristics, including, but not necessarily limited to the following:

"Shed-Type Stations: Detached structures built specifically for the sale of gasoline.

House-Type Stations: In the 1920s, new stations were built on spacious and prominent sites, usually established in residential neighborhoods.

Programmatic Stations: (whimsical)
During the 1920s and 1930s and continuing after World War II, some gas stations showed the fanciful shape of animals, apples, tea kettles, tepees, windmills, castles, icebergs, and airplanes

Box-Type Stations: In the early 1930s, box-style stations blended Art Moderne featuring; flat-roofs and unadorned exteriors of stucco, terra cotta, porcelain enamel steel, or structural glass panels.

Stylized Boxes Stations: After World War II, the Stylized Boxes Stations is a modern variation of the existing box stations (described above). The stations incorporated contemporary design trends. Display windows were often canted at an angle reminiscent of the tail fins sported by rockets and new automobiles. New canopies featured raking profiles, folded plate roofs, and boomerang-shaped supports reflecting a popular interest in aeronautics and high technology.

Understanding Significance
Although form and decoration vary, most historic gas stations share a number of features. These features can identify a particular structure as belonging to a common gas station type, like the clinker bricks used on Tudor house-type designs. Alternately, features may accentuate the uniqueness of a particular structure, such as a custom roof design or circular plan. Some features were unusual when first adopted, later became unexceptional. An example is the V-shaped canopy found on Postwar Phillips 66 gas stations."
Excerpts from: National Park Service

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Rustic House Style
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Art Moderne Stylized Box
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Programmatic Shed Style
Thank you Keith for providing this photo gallery.

Update: August 11, 2020

Vintage Gas Stations category is looking for any gas station built in the US and Canada prior to 1970.
All other countries, an exception may be made to include Vintage Gas Stations prior to 1980. These will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

ALL Vintage Gas Stations submitted to this category must be recognizable as a gas station, with distinguishable characteristics and be at least 85% complete.
This category will no longer accept crumbling, deteriorated or heaps of debris as a gas station.)

Requirements for Posting a Vintage Gas Stations have changed with additional requirements. (please read the new requirements carefully)

Any approved Vintage Gas Station that do not meet any/or all new requirements will be grandfathered.

Instructions for Posting a Vintage Gas Stations Waymark:
  • All Vintage Gas Station submitted to this category must be visible from a public location.
  • All Vintage Gas Station submitted to this category from the US and Canada must be built prior to 1970. Other countries an exception may be made to include Vintage Gas Stations prior to 1980. These will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • ALL Vintage Gas Stations submitted to this category are required to be recognizable as a gas station with distinguishable characteristics, which could include architectural style and features, old logo and/or sign, original gas pump/s, plaque, historical marker, and/or signage about the history of the gas station.
  • ALL Vintage Gas Stations submitted to this category must be at least 85% complete.
  • Though the Vintage Gas Station category is not requiring authentication of age or company, it is encouraged that some research be attempted.
  • If the Vintage Gas Station is repurposed these will be accepted, if it meets all of the above requirements, including some distinguishable characteristics.
    Please give a brief statement about it current use, name of business or if it is currently vacant.
  • Visit a Vintage Gas Station anywhere in the world and provide a minimum of three photographs. Include a close-up of the logo, gas station sign, plaque, historical marker or informational sign. If none of these options are available provide a picture showing a distinguishing feature that shows it was a former gas station. Also provide an overview of the gas station, use this as the default.. Other options could be any gas pump/s originally associated with the gas station and/or other features of interest, etc. Additional photographs are encouraged.
  • In the long description include: a minimum of three (3) sentences. Name of the gas station, if known, approximate age of the gas station and the architectural style, if known. You can also include its current condition, and other interesting observations.
    The 3 sentence requirement is a personal narrative and is in addition to any copied text.
  • ALSO, include in the long description a transcription of any plaque, historical marker or informational sign.
  • If you are using text from any source, you are required to use "quotation marks" and provide a source link below the quoted text. This will distinguish it from the personal narrative. You have the option to use a “blockquote", provide the source link.
  • The waymarker must personally obtain GPS coordinates.
  • An English translation is required, however multi-lingual submissions are encouraged.
  • Naming requirement: NO tilde (~) or double hyphens (--) are allowed in the title.
  • Include in the title: name of the Vintage Gas Station, if known, city, state/province. Please omit from the title the physical address.

    Abbreviations are acceptable for state or province. There are some examples:
    Country is optional.

    Example: Sinclair Gas Station - Stillwater, OK
    Example: 1932 Shell Gas Station - Dallas, Texas
    Example: Vintage Tankstelle - Tübingen, Germany
    Example: Former Texaco Gas Station - Montréal, Québec
    Example: Former Gas Station - Maria's Taco House - New Port, RI (add the business name, if repurposed)
    Example: Vacant Gas Station - Wagga Wagga, Australia
    Example: Unknown Gas Station - Zigzag, OR

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A former Texaco station in Arco, MN.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: Minnesota

date approved: 8/9/2012

last visited: 5/17/2021

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Located in the heart of downtown Colton is a restored service station that is worth the time to go get off the main highway and see.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dbrockhouse

location: South Dakota

date approved: 9/18/2011

last visited: never

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This Vintage Gas Station is located on the southeast corner of W Kemp Avenue and 4th Street SW in Watertown, South Dakota.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz

location: South Dakota

date approved: 7/16/2013

last visited: 8/24/2014

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Vintage Gas StationsMountain Lake Vintage Gas Station – Mountain Lake, MN

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This quaint little cottage style gas station resembles several others I have seen in this area of the country.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama

location: Minnesota

date approved: 8/10/2011

last visited: never

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Vintage Gas StationsVick’s Corner Gas Station – Spirit Lake, IA

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Vick's Gas Station has been operating since 1930 and still offers service at the pump.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama

location: Iowa

date approved: 7/10/2011

last visited: never

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Vintage Gas StationsPhillips 66 Service Station, Sanborn, IA

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A sign in the window of this tiny service station calls this “Johnny’s, a Reborn 1932 Phillips 66 English Cottage Filling Station.”

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama

location: Iowa

date approved: 3/21/2011

last visited: 8/3/2017

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Vintage Gas StationsVintage Canopy Gas Station – Sioux Center, IA

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This old canopy gas station was one of the first buildings moved to the Heritage Village museum grounds in 1990.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama

location: Iowa

date approved: 4/16/2011

last visited: never

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