Restored Standard Oil station in Rochelle

This week is a break from the local remnants for one in Rochelle, Illinois. While in Rochelle on a summer vacation trip with a friend – mainly to see the railroad park a few blocks away – we stopped for a few minutes and I was able to get photos of a beautifully restored Standard Oil gas station. Originally built in 1918, it now serves as the tourism and visitors center for Rochelle. At that time, it was located on the old Lincoln Highway and was the first gas station built along the highway in Illinois. A job well done with the restoration as it retains much of the old time feel.

Restored gas station in Illinois


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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