Route 66 in the News

Gas Station a Reminder of 66 Heyday

2010-11-01 20:32:52

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - There's nothing like a great road trip, whether it's a short excursion down county roads or an epic cross-country trek. I decided recently to set out on a short journey to explore the back roads of the Ozarks.

Just 45 minutes down the road, I found myself slamming on the brakes and pulling off the side of the road. I was just outside Halltown at what appeared to be a gas station frozen in time.

A sign read "15 cents" for a gallon for gas. Model T and Model A Fords sitting near the old gas pumps grabbed my attention.

I had stumbled upon the Gay Parita Sinclair Station on Historic Route 66.

I walked inside the gates and was warmly greeted by Gary Turner, who owns the old filling station.

Turner and his brother-in-law rebuilt the filling station in 2006. The original station burned down in 1955.

"It's made to look like a 1930s gas station," Turner said.

Inside, advertising signs from that era, collectibles and old oil cans line walls.

The station gets about 8,000 visitors a year, including several large motorcycle groups, Turner said.

One side of the station is a garage, which would have been used to fix cars during its heyday. On the other side, Turner runs a small gift shop full of Route 66 memorabilia.

Turner is a knowledge bank of all things Route 66, so after a quick chat about what lies down the road and a few photos I set out again, looking for my next stop.

~Nathan Papes,


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