Gas station replica reminder of the past

This week’s post is a little different than normal. It’s not exactly a remnant, but is still a reminder of the past. At the Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan, there is a very neat replica of a 1930s Shell gas station. I’ve been through the station more than once and it really is a very well done recreation with all the memorabilia and things you would have found in a gas station of that era. You can see some of it in the photo, such as the building itself or the vintage gas pumps. I’m actually old enough to remember when gas was still pumped by an attendant who came out and took care of your needs. They usually washed the windshield and checked your tires and oil too. Obviously things have changed a lot since those days. Gilmore Car Museum is worth checking out, by the way. It is one of the best car museums in the Midwest. I’ve been twice and may go again this year.

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Shell gas station recreated at Gilmore Car Museum.


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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